A recent video is going viral for all the right and wrong reasons. In the video, a young Tennessee boy explains his emotional torment due to bullying. The video is heartbreaking to watch as a fine young man opens up about the misery that is continuously perpetrated upon him. However, within the same video, the beauty of the child emerges and shines through.
Meet one, Mr. Keaton Jones.
Needless to say most of the world has fallen in love with Keaton and his days of being bullied are likely over. He now has more friends than your greatest Facebook friend collector (the one with 1300 and still growing!) could ever dream possible. Important friends too as Keaton’s list of friends continues to grow. There’s LeBron James, Katy Perry, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Justin Timberlake, members of the University of Tennessee football team, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and the omnipotent Snoop Dogg–just to name a few. Almost everybody wants to be Keaton’s friend. Deservedly so. Keaton’s horrible tale is turning into a feel-good story that touches humanity. However, the underlying battle of bullying continues to rage on.
We must not forget all the other bully victims.
Across lands near and far, many children are currently bullied, and millions of adults are too. Bullying comes in multiple forms to justify the right to not only persist but to thrive. Bullying is often aimed at the weakest or smallest groups among us. Within a given society, anyone that dares to look, think, or is viewed as different are often targets of bullying. It’s systemic, as those differing from the norm are often seen as being rightfully condemned.
No worries, it’s not hate, misunderstanding or fear, when the society deems it morally right to attack the different. Or to attack those that we may not agree with–whether that be a foreign land, differing ideologies, or foreigners within “our” lands. It is acceptable to condemn others, just as long as one has an excellent excuse to do so.
For instance, try being an anti-Trumper in Trumplandvania. One may quickly find themselves dismissed, labeled and ridiculed as a libtard, a snowflake, a cuck, a baby killer, or a combination of such names or even more. “That’s politics,” some may say. Is it? There is no place for personal insults and derogatory names in politics; it should be based on policy and legitimate fact-based discussions. Such discussions may grow heated but should always maintain a level of human decency. Plus, no discussion should be intended to “destroy” the other side by any means necessary or at all cost.
Speak out at your peril.
That is the reality of many of the women that came out and told their stories about Senator candidate Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken, President Trump, and a host of others way too long to accurately list. Regardless, of the identity, good deeds, or popularity of the accused–none of their reported behavior is acceptable. Many of the women that speak out are not only dismissed they are ridiculed in the process–in the same way bullied just like on the playground. Often, they are belittled, called names, and their accounts are discounted as fabricated lies.
In this regard, one must remain careful not to pre-judge neither the victim or accused until the truth can be established. But when that does occur, or a credible pattern emerges that support the victims’ credibility–the slanders often continue. Sadly, often times, the credibility of an accuser is based more on political beliefs that trump facts.
The victims are politicized (See Al Franken VS. Roy Moore).
More than once, dueling political arguments have been used to claim Franken’s actions were not a “big deal” compared to the allegations made against Roy Moore. This is marginalization. The only time these men should be examined in such a way as if they were the only two options available. They are not. The actions of each man are wrong and are not acceptable. To claim one has anything to do with the other is self-rationalization to justify a juvenile back and forth that leads to undeserving people being able to reach a higher bully pulpit than they deserve.
Society has no excuse, Keaton Jones explained to the world why bullying is wrong. As the world continues to fall in love with the adorable Mr. Jones, it remains of greater importance to listen to his words. All, each and every one of us, should take time to stop our own duel justification/denouncements of bullying.
To lead the way, yours truly wishes to apologize to a number of Trump supporters for the use of belittling names often in response to attacks waged at me. At the time, it was my response to being attacked, or just “fighting back” but that was my excuse. In truth, it was mere self-justification to vindicate my abhorrence toward others. I was wrong and two wrongs do not make a right.
Thank you to my, yours, and everybody’s new friend, Mr. Keaton Jones for a somber reminder that bullying is wrong.