What it feels like to be scapegoated

In recent weeks I was part of a community scapegoated. I’m not going to tell you what or why, because the reason it happened is because I can’t speak up against it due to possible negative ramifications, which is why “we” were scapegoated in the first place.

As far as I know, no one has been harmed because of this, but that isn’t always the case.

We’ve seen the terrible assaults inflicted on Asian people around the world, scapegoated due to the pandemic, with cruel and thoughtless politicians making it worse.

More recently, we witnessed the assault on a lady in Singapore, who was of Indian race and we all know the catastrophic situation in India was the reason for this hate crime. It was because she was Indian and therefore, in the abusers mind, I’m sure he saw her as a risk to him!! Terrible.

Please, please, please, do not get caught up in scapegoating any community for any reason, and please stop others doing it too. Smearing an entire race of people during this pandemic has been horrible, but it’s something that has happened throughout human history.

We too willingly accept this narrative too…. all Mexican’s are rapists and all Muslims are bad! Truly, to bring our world back together, we have to acknowledge that this divisive rhetoric is too prevalent, too many believe it, and we all suffer the violence and hatred out the other side — directly and indirectly.

Like I said, I experienced it recently. I didn’t like it at all, but I only got a taste of what it feels like. I have no experience of how truly horrible and violent it can be, and to be honest, I hope I never find out. Let’s do everyone a favour and stop doing it. All groups of people are not the same. Heck we’re not even the same as members of our own family.

If your media, governments, or leaders in your community are pitting you against an “other” and tarnishing them with hate, it’s time to really start questioning that, as well as the leaders motives. Divided we can be controlled, united it’s not so easy.

Cheers

Andrea

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