This Coversation Again

Why do I act so frustrated all the time? Because I am frustrated. Here are multiple examples of what the most vocal feedback I’ve been getting lately sounds like:

Me: Women have a right to healthcare, including abortions. 

Georgia friends not involved in politics: *silence*

Georgia Conservative friends: “NO! FUCK EM! WE ARE GOING TO HEAVEN AND THEY ARE GOING TO HELL!”
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Me: “Fight Nazis. They want to ethnically cleanse the world. Here is evidence including their leaders saying exactly that.”

Georgia friends not involved in politics: “well, hold on, they have a right to their own opinion. We all have freedom of speech, right?”

Georgia Conservatives: “As someone who is going to heaven and has the moral highground, I can definitely tell you that they have a right to their own opinion. We all have freedom of speech, right?” And then later, as an aside, “besides they don’t really mean it. I don’t need to watch the video of them asking crowds what would be the best way to dispose of all the blacks.”

Me: “But that’s evidence. I’m telling you. I was there. They are serious.”

GFNIIP: *silence*

GC: “But her emails!”
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Later, apropos of nothing:

Georgia friends not involved in politics: “Chad, you need to make sure to listen to people who aren’t exactly like you. It’s easy to just see one perspective.”

Me: *mounting inner rage at those who say this shit but never listen to others* “so, like people of color, LGBTQ, women, other faiths, other countries, other cultures?”

Georgia Friends not involved in politics: “no. Well, yes. But I meant you need to listen to those on the other side.”

Me: “so, white straight male baby boomers and young rednecks who have internalized the image of their oppressing rich white straight male class? You think I don’t hear their voices or know their perspective?” 

also Me: *stares across the table to friend who apparently can’t see / forgot about my skin color, gender, sexual preference, class, upbringing, 10 years of working in a Christian church, where I live, and that I’m currently looking at, talking to, and listening to someone who almost exactly matches the description of the type of person they’re trying to tell me to listen to*

Georgia friends not involved in politics: “Well, I guess you might. But don’t forget about their feelings.”

Me: “like the feeling that they are being persecuted because people who are not white straight males are getting equal rights?”

Georgia friends not involved in politics: *getting frustrated* *shows signs of waking up, wants to go back to sleep* “anyway, did you see that episode of the Walking Dead?” *forgets this conversation and repeats it on next visit with me*

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