September 2, 2012 by CJ
Ok, ok, I think it’s clear that I am not good with the post-a-day thing. I am pleased that I am posting more. But taking the few minutes each day to clear my mind and write, just isn’t coming as easy as I would have liked. Now that, that is out of the way, lets move on to what’s been occupying space in my mind.
Some time ago I was reading a blog that I found via a word search. I can’t recall what the word was, blog, parenting, funny…who knows. But I stumbled upon a post that I actually enjoyed reading. It was insightful, had a bit of humor and was well written. I liked it. I then did what many of us do, I clicked the like button. Because I liked it so much I decided to check out the rest of her writings. After reading a one or two more posts I found myself reading something that made my jaw drop. She went on what some (some meaning me) might call a racist tirade about the blacks and Hispanics that her poor husband had to work with. I read the entire post, not sure if she was using some type of irony or sarcasm to get her point across or some other technique that I just was not getting. Unfortunately, that was not the case. After reading the post, I read a comment. It was from some guy inviting her to join some group that shared her feelings. I can’t remember what her reply was, I think I was still in shock over what I had just read. I went back and “unliked” the original post.
From time to time I think about that post and my “unliking” of it. It makes me question myself and my own beliefs. I liked the post, I didn’t like the author. Should I have kept the “like”? I don’t want to promote hatred and racial stereotypes, but liking a post that was not about race at all isn’t promoting those feelings…or is it? I battle back and forth on this when I am left with my own thoughts (mainly during my long runs). If I had to do it over again, would I have unliked? I still do not know, and I’ll be honest with you, that kinda bothers me.
What would you do?
Can you like a post but not like an author?
What if that was the only hate filled post she had in a blog full of amazing writing?
Is it okay to “like” a racist?