In the face of tragedy in this country, decent people set aside politics and personal agendas and come together to help and to be supportive of victims. We pray, we donate, we take action, we offer solace to those who need it most.
The tragedy in Las Vegas wasn’t even 24 hours old when Hayley Geftman-Gold, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Strategic Transactions at CBS posted an extremely callous comment on Facebook:
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”
Her friend, Erin Fagan Silber, a photographer and Holistic Health and Lifestyle coach at Empower Your Vitality wasn’t much better with her comment:
“Yeah….I was thinking that since this directly hits the country-music population…maybe they will actually do something now. But after Sandyhook Republicans reacted by wanting to arm teachers. So let’s see what today’s response is. I’m sure it will be just as pathetic.”
When 9/11 happened there were no democrats or republicans, black, white, brown, yellow or red people, there were only people helping people.
With hurricane Maria it was essentially the same until the media decided to politicize the issue. A number of media outlets including Bloomberg have pointed out that much of the criticism of the Puerto Rican response is unfounded. George Stephanopoulos pointed out that the Mayor of San Juan hadn’t even attended FEMA meetings but that didn’t stop her from being critical and it’s been suggested that she was urged to do so along partisan lines.
This is what this country has become; we’re destroying ourselves from within.
Comments from individuals such as those from Hayley Geftman-Gold and Erin Fagan Silber are a huge part of the problem. In some twisted fashion they’re trying to claim the high moral ground. It’s as if somehow they think that country music fans in this country deserve to be mindlessly slaughtered. How such callous, hurtful rhetoric can be defended is beyond me.
They may not be the evil people that their comments might suggest, they are however following the example of the mainstream media and using stereotypes to divide this nation at a time when what we need more than anything is to come together, be supportive and find common ground to heal.
This particular story is about two people, two individuals who made disgustingly thoughtless and hurtful comments but it’s a reflection of just how partisan we have become. If you support the police you’re a racist. If you don’t support players kneeling during football games you’re a racist etc.
It remains to be seen what consequences these two women will face, if any, however the real issue is not being addressed, it’s being perpetuated.
How about we look for ways to set aside differences, unite and work toward leaving this place better than it was when we found it?