I am going to catch shit for this.
I see a lot of posts on facebook about 100 happy days, or gratitude journals, #blessed, #lovemylife etc etc. And while I have absolutely nothing against being happy or finding joy in your everyday lives….
Let me recap that last 48 hours in news for you:
Ferguson, MO police shot and killed an unarmed, surrendering black kid. His body lay in the street for hours before EMT’s were even called. The officer who shot him was placed on PAID leave. A tactical military presence—the Ferguson police—are now arresting reporters and civilians alike, firing tear gas into peaceful crowds and reportedly dismantling television news equipment. The killing of young, unarmed black men now feels like a monthly occurrence in this country.
The day after Michael Brown was murdered, LAPD shot and killed Ezell Ford, 25. Also unarmed.
There are Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain by Islamist fighters. The US decided today that they will not attempt to save them.
California is arguably in the most serious drought in state history. But don’t worry—we’re still going to have to debate if climate change even exits.
Christy Mack was attacked by her MMA fighter ex boyfriend who broke 18 of her bones, damaged her liver, knocked her teeth out of her head and sawed off her hair with a dull knife that he then tried to stab her with. Public opinion is that she somehow invited this attack—because she makes adult films.
A guy in TX who tried to get some men to stop harassing women on the street? He got the shit kicked out of him and ended up in the hospital. Which really only makes me feel safer when dudes on the street tell me to “smile baby!”
31 states still ban gay marriage.
And don’t even get me started on Syria, Russia, Israel, etc.
So yes. Find the positivity, Find what makes you happy. Exercise gratitude. But, I’m sorry, you should also be fucking pissed off. It’s ok. It’s healthy. You should be mad and upset and speak about it. You should take a stand and demand change. What fight will our generation take to the street?
If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention.