||[Nov. 12th, 2010|07:20 pm]
Celebrities have been speaking about the suicides of gays lately, and honestly. I'm kinda of disgusted at some of the references they're using. Mainly the Madonna one where she says bullying a gay person is equal to lynching blacks and exterminating Jews.|
Please tell me someone else sees the gross simile held within this.
Being a gay male living in America myself, I choose to remain objective to all things concerning the LGBT community, with the purpose to better understand both the hetero and homo outlook on a topic.
Yes, the bullying of others is wrong, I'm not trying to say it's an acceptable thing, however to compare it to the murder. look at that word again, MURDER of people, is appalling. These events, heinous shadows on the history of mankind are not able to be compared to picking and teasing someone until they willingly take their own life. I hope comparing bullying to outright murder doesn't catch on.
Suicide is cowardice if you ask me. Ask any gay man that has survived middle and high school, no scratch that, ask anyone that was an "outcast" in high school, the faggots, the goths, the nerds, anyone that wasn't part of the "popular crowd" We all got picked on, and I'm sure at some point in the education career; Have turned towards suicide as an out to end what we consider the worst parts of our lives. Bullying happens, and no matter what we as adults no matter the profession do, nothing will cease the bullying. Children may be the future, but that age is when children are at their worst.
To take those pills, put that knife to your wrist, or hang that noose around your neck, is letting them win.
I do not feel for those that have taken their lives, i feel for the families for the loss, but not towards those that could not find the inner strength to realize that life gets better after the annoyances of high school. When you can get away from your parents and truly be who you are.
I want any of you to think back in high school, because some of you readers will be saying "I never bullied anyone"
Everyone bullies everyone at that age, unless they're your friends. There is ALWAYS that person that you pick on because he's different, and that one person always picks on someone else to make themselves feel better.
All we can really do is relate to these children, Those in my age group, it's only been 5-10 years since we were in high school, those memories aren't so far gone that we can't recall them. If you're a teacher, or someone who deals with children in that age group, talk to them, let them know they'll look back on those days and go "That person was such a twat, but i wasn't the best person either"
But do not compare it to killing hundreds of black people, or mass murdering thousands of Jewish people.
Bullying will happen, there is no stopping it, children will find new ways to do so, no matter what we do, the best thing we can do, is let those that are picked know that they're stronger for not retaliating, for having the self control, and someday, those twats that picked on them will be bagging their groceries while they're successful, because they were told that life goes on after that.