“Speak out About It. Don’t Weaponize It”

Recently, I came across a post on Twitter that immediately made smoke come out of my ears. The post was discussing Senator Rand Paul (R) being accused of exposing the whistleblower. He said in his post, “nowhere in my speech did I accuse anyone of being a whistleblower, nor do I know the whistleblower’s identity.” Now, I don’t know what occurred that lead to these accusations. I don’t even know if he exposed the whistleblower. As bad as the accusations are, that’s beside the point. Here’s what I do know: I know that I’ve seen a comment that shows Asperger’s being used to taunt others. I’ve snapped a photo and posted it above. I can’t even say it with my own mouth because it’s so offensive.

It’s okay to disagree. The world agrees to disagree by the way. It’s okay to have different political views. It’s okay to not be into politics whatsoever. What’s not okay is using a disability, a mental illness, race, anything that’s beyond our control to bully others. This can lead to self esteem destruction (or worse) to those who are being teased. How do I know? Because I was constantly picked on as a child (in person that is). I was overweight and wore baggy clothes with big glasses. If in person bullying can destroy a person’s self worth, then online bullying can do the same.

So please, I beg you all, please be careful what you post online or say in person. We never know what someone else may be going through or have gone through. We never know how badly our words can affect another. And lastly, children are watching what we post online. They absorb our words like a sponge. Their actions are learned. If we want our children to accept their peers, despite their differences, then we must do the same.

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