For Red Tent Living this month...
If we agree on one thing, perhaps it is that we’re all human?
Since nothing else approaches unifying these days. Perhaps there is that?
A fearful mama writes a post that goes viral. Protecting 3 small children in Ikea, she fears a stalker and tells her Facebook community she is a target of human trafficking. The machine explodes, one side spreads her sincere warning while the other side blasts her misinformed reactionary response.
Mistakenly, she assumed her community was safe.
The same media blamed for not addressing the issue is now blamed for sensationalizing it, fueling stereotypes, spreading inaccuracies. If we didn’t have thoseshows we wouldn’t have these mamas: hysterical and wrong.
The #Ikeamom is not unlike #alllivesmatter and #weareallimmigrants. Well-meaning folks, learning about injustice, trying to synthesize newfound knowledge with lived-experience. Trying to be compassionate. Trying to engage. Trying to support. Doing what they know to do with the understanding they have.
But the machine is ruthless. And there is no space for wrestling truth, stumbling around justice, and just stepping on toes.
What if we all decided it was okay to step on our toes?
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