A person who I went to high school with posted this on their wall. We are friends on Facebook.
Listen, it is completely their right to post whatever the hell they want on their wall.
And I’m not going to take on this, “list of dependents,” and break it down through an intersectional lens. You can start with a great site like Colorlines for a different perspective.
What I’m wondering about right now is if this person ever sees what I post on my wall. What I post here on my blog. Or did this person click “unfollow” on my Facebook news feed after they realized on which side of the border I stood?
And here’s what I’m also wondering about as well: Who else that I’m friends with on Facebook feels the same way as the person who posted this, but doesn’t have the balls to post the same photo on their own wall?
So, I want to put out a call. A call to the person in my Facebook world who posted this, and a call to the other people in my Facebook world who agree with the photo, or even parts of it:
I’d like to have a Skype session with you. A Skype session where I can listen to why you agree with this photo. And then I’d like to switch and share with you why I don’t agree with this photo, and you can listen. And then we can continue to discuss what comes up in an open and respectful manner.
I’m dead serious.
The thing is, I want you to talk to me as a person, with personal stories, not arms full of research that works for what you agree with. And the same goes for me.
For example. I’d truly like to know why you feel and believe, on a personal level, that you’re financially supporting half the population living in the country of Mexico.
In the spirit of transparency, I’m not here to change your minds. I mean, if that happens, great, but that’s not the objective. The goal is to have an honest and open conversation.
Listen, it’s really not a big stretch for me to see certain members of the U.S Congress as fools as well.
So, if you’re game, let’s do this. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment here on the blog about how to get in touch with you.
And the people who also disagree with this photo?
I’d like to challenge you to join me and extend the same Skype session invite to at least one person in your Facebook world who agrees with this photo/parts of this photo.
Let me know how it goes.