Feeling aggrieved can lead to a particularly nasty transformation where the victim becomes the ‘victimizer’. What does this look like? The most recent Pride Parade in Toronto provides some insight;
Ever since the sit-in, however, Black Lives Matter Toronto has been the target of vicious, racist emails, some from members of the larger LGBTQ community, said Janaya Khan, a co-founder of the group.
“Particularly our queer and trans members, myself included, we have received dozens and dozens and dozens since the action,” said Khan. “I think that is testament to why we had to create an intervention into Pride in the first place.”
The hate mail, which is “100 per cent” made up of anti-black racism, denounces members of Black Lives Toronto who have identified as queer and trans, said Khan.
“It’s ’You could never be a part of our community, you savage monkey,’ that kind of thing,” she said. “The reality is that gender and sexual diversity doesn’t negate the reality of racism and white privilege…In their minds my blackness made it so that I couldn’t possibly be a part of their community.”
source: Flood of hate mail since Toronto Pride parade sit-in demonstrates racism: Black Lives Matter, by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press, July 5, 2016
What kind of ‘phobia’ would cause this kind of abuse to be heaped upon Black Lives Matter?
When I was a child we played a game in the school yard called ‘King of the hill.’ It often ended in fighting among the participants because no one liked to be pushed off the top of the hill after having fought their way to the top. So the pushing would get rougher and so would the pushback until someone ended up with a bloody nose or split lip. As kids we all thought we were entitled to be ‘King of the hill’ and took it very personally if someone else fought for the spot. After a while, the game always got nasty and wasn’t fun anymore.
Can adults become childish and drunk with the entitlement of winning what they think is their battle and their battle only – to the point that they want to exclude others? Is the fear of losing your position the phobia that drives this sort of behaviour?
The Bible warns about the outcome of such behaviour for all sides; “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15)
Sadly the participants don’t seem to be inclined to the wisdom the Holy Bible offers.