We tried to warn you

Transcribed from a August 15, 2017 Twitter Thread.
For years we’ve tried to warn you of this, but you brushed it off as “trolls” or people doing it to get a reaction. You ignored our warnings, and now you’re surprised when they march down your streets? Several years ago I started noticing “nazi” style posts online in certain groups. When I spoke up about it, I was dismissed with the “Oh it’s just online. They’re trolls, ignore them.” line from certain people.

Later, I noticed that the people from those groups were making videos espousing white supremacy and racist rhetoric. Again, I spoke up. I spoke out about it, only to be told, “It’s just online, they’re doing it for the reaction. Ignore them!”

I then saw these same people creating flags, taking pictures of themselves doing “Nazi salutes” and waving Nazi flags in public. AGAIN, I spoke up. I tried to get people to see, but so many of them responded with, “They’re just doing it for attention, ignore them.”

I saw them gathering and meeting together, I saw them organizing together. I screamed at the top of my lungs what was happening. But so many people told me I was overreacting, that they were just harmless young men who won’t do anything.

On Saturday, one of those men murdered Heather, and injured 19 more.

Amidst the cries of “both sides are at fault”, I suddenly heard those who had dismissed me crying out, “HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!” I heard them cry out, “WHY DIDN’T WE SEE THIS COMING?!” My words failed me. All I could do was stand there and cry.

We had tried to warn you, but you told us to ignore them.

We tried to warn you, but you dismissed our fears as overreaction.

We tried to warn you, but you just didn’t want to listen.

Published by Michea B

Trans masc author of "The Guardian's Ascension" and owner of Illuminatus Design. Host adoptions of imaginary friends for modest rehoming fees on Etsy.

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