I finished the hat for my Representative! I need to block it before I send it, but it's done. I may knit another (Ellen, I'll be sure to tell you who the next one is for if I can get to it in time).
reading about the death threats levied at a 78-year-old woman, for example) the need for everyone to see the humanity of not only those with whom we agree, but also those with whom we disagree.
I was getting blood drawn at my home (nothing serious - just an insurance thing), so the insurance company sent someone to my house early on Friday morning. We chatted a bit as he set up his briefcase and got out the things he'd need to get the job done, and he settled down to fill out my forms. When he saw my name, he said, "Jocelyn. Huh. Do you remember Joycelyn Elders?" I agreed that I did. He went on, "Talk about a waste of a human being."
I was floored. Waste of a human being? Really? I couldn't believe that someone was sitting at my kitchen table, saying something like that, as if I would agree with him.
He went on from there, and you can imagine what it was like. But it was that initial statement that stuck with me. Talk about hateful and inflammatory rhetoric. There are grounds upon which one might disagree with someone's politics. But to dismiss their humanity, that's something else again. That's dangerous. To relegate someone with whom one disagrees to sub-human status is to free one up to do some pretty frightening and inhuman things. It is exactly this sort of demonization that we all need to stand against.
I'll tell you something else. I was a coward. That man, sitting in my home, was about to stick needles into my body, and I said nothing. I mean, actually nothing - I sat in total silence until he ran down and changed the subject. That was pretty cowardly. I hope that this hat is a little louder than I was.