Monday, December 15, 2014

Where Exactly Are We Riding To?

I looked at responses to the chocolate shop tragedy on Instagram. The posts seem pretty much split between sorrow for the victims and expressing solidarity with the Muslim community.

Ride with me. That's what they're saying. It's something to do with the fear that Muslim people will be attacked on the public transportation system. So non-Muslim folks are saying, Don't worry. I'll be here for you.  

I guess that's...nice. I don't know.

But I wonder if this will a new trend.

If a Jewish person goes on a shooting spree in Texas, are my fellow Texans going to show extra love to me and my family?

If a white cop murders another black man in the US, are we going to start being extra nice to white cops?

The next time a white man rapes and murders a woman, do we need to be extra nice to white men?

If there's another incident of a right-wing nut case bombing a building,  will we need to be extra nice to right-wing people?

Now I definitely don't think think we should use criminal tragedies as an excuse to show hatred towards innocent people.  FEELING some hatred is probably understandable.  Avoid acting out on it, and hopefully it will fade in time and love will return.  

The other thing I'm wondering is this. If we're not supposed to judge Muslims and make assumptions of what they might do, shouldn't we also not make assumptions of what people might do against Muslims?  

Let's say someone goes on a bus, sees some Muslims, and gets all scared.  How is that different from a Muslim needing someone to ride with them because they're afraid non-Muslim people are going to abuse them?  

I do love the idea of solidarity. I love multiculturalism.  I love people loving people. I love coexist bumper stickers.  But personally, right now I'm personally not in the mood for this particular viral trend.  OR at least let's expand it.  How about instead of it being about Sydneysiders being extra loving and protective towards Muslims, what if it's about everyone being extra nice to everyone?  

We can all ride together.  Or walk.  


We should all skip together.  Holding hands!  (and to show love and solidarity with germaphobes, we'll make sure to carry antibacterial gel).