Why can’t we be friends? Hate groups harass public; creates controversy

What are they good for — Recently, hate groups have amassed a large amount of political criticism. In the aftermath of disastrous events like Charlottesville, people are now trying to combat these groups and the problems they create.

In this time of political correctness and sensitivity, there are over 900 hate groups working and operating within the United States.

Which, to the logical and sensible human being, is absolutely and entirely moronic. Fortunately, there are several ways to look at the concept that are just as ridiculous as the next.

A hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, can be defined as “an organization with beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” which basically means they despise others for features that cannot be changed. The question is, why?

The first, and truly the most feasible answer to this question, is that some adults, the forerunners of the world, the ones who maintain and set an example for the next generation, are just as childish as us students. They find it difficult to restrain their impulses and emotions, and in turn they created an outlet so that they can vent.

That would be acceptable, except for the fact that this outlet involves extensive protesting against the values and features of others. In most cases these groups choose to target topics like race and religion.

The second possibility follows another commonality among us humans — we are control-freaks and we don’t like change. Again, the expression is taken way beyond its basic meaning, as those falling under this category feel that anything different from what they think is evil and wrong, and so they must radically enforce their beliefs, often resorting to violence to accomplish their goals and “correct” the people who do not (surprisingly) think the exact same way as them.

To prove this point, take into consideration the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12. Earlier that day, hundreds of Neo-Nazis, Pro-Confederates, and members of other white supremacist movements gathered in the city’s Emancipation Park to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. When confronted by counter-protestors, a brawl ensued, resulting in the deaths of three people and injuring more than 30.

All because of a statue, and the obnoxious notion that one’s ideals are more important than someone else’s.

Let’s rephrase it so it is clear; because of a statue, an inanimate historical object, and a couple of superiority complexes, three people lost their lives.

Is it impossible for people to respect one another? The majority of hate groups blindly aim their anger at superficial attributes, if they actually attempted to confront and talk out their issues, there wouldn’t be half as many social and political problems as there are in America today.

That doesn’t mean everybody should love each other and never fight. Things happen, people are aggravating; but rather than publicly continue to wage a war that has already ended, or rather had never started because of its stupidity, it is best to act like a decent human being, and keep your thoughts to yourself.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all.

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