I know a good deal of Trump supporters through church connections, my extended family and via social media, and despite how absolutely heartbreaking it has been to watch what’s happened to them over the past several years, I’m not at all opposed to rekindling our relationships in the event that the Biden victory acts as a cold water wake-up from their MAGA fever dream.
I’m not saying that it wouldn’t take a very long time to trust their judgment again (having seen what they’re capable of tacitly endorsing), but I do believe in fast forgiveness followed by slow trust rebuilding if and when someone demonstrates that they’re open to a) learning about different perspectives, b) having challenging conversations and c) spending the time to educate themselves (even minimally) on how to avoid misinformation.
Nobody has all all of the answers (I certainly don’t), and everyone makes mistakes (I certainly do), but moving forward requires contrition, curiosity and a commitment to keep walking the (potentially) long road back.
That’s one option. Or…
…you could follow our fearless current leader right into the abyss with one or all of the following behaviors that I’ve seen emerge over the past few days:
- Continue to deny the reality that Trump lost this election, and keep spewing deranged conspiracy theories until the heat death of the universe
- Complain about how mean Biden supporters are being (this is jaw-dropping coming from the “F**k Your Feelings” crowd)
- Leave mainstream social media for Parler (so you can reinforce the walls of your MAGA information bubble and really stretch those racist legs!)
Time to choose your own adventure!
Facebook has been a problematic dumpster fire for a long, long time, and while I’ve rage-deactivated my account several times in the past (then masochistically gone back for another punch in the face), I’m hoping that this time the dead will stay dead. 💀
In parting, I took a few more “friends of the church” screenshots this week. May they serve as a dystopian memorial service slideshow of sorts:
While Twitter and Instagram (the latter unfortunately owned by Facebook, but pick your battles 🤷♂️) certainly have their issues as well, neither has come anywhere close to Big Blue in terms of negative effects on my real-world friendships (ranging from disappointment to outright loss of all respect). As a former journalism student, I also have some pretty strong feelings about their algorithmic news feed.
Anyway, if you’ve been having similar feelings, I have a few suggestions (take or leave ’em):
- Deactivate your Facebook account: You can still use Messenger even if you do so, and (as I sadly know too well) you’ll always have the option to come back again. If you’re just in the market for uplifting kid and pet photos, most people you know are already also posting on Instagram, where you can view their stuff (for the most part) without simultaneously drowning in propaganda memes and Breitbart screeds.
You’ve got this! 💫
I’m a broken record regarding my disappointment with our local church’s whack-a-mole approach to the growing threat of misinformation, science denial, creepy/racist theocratic propaganda and general media illiteracy.
With this situation poised to get significantly worse over the next few months, rather than regurgitate my usual ominous song and dance, I’ll just let this updated batch of church and “friends of the church” Facebook posts (an irrelevant distinction given the medium) speak for themselves.
“Enjoy” I…guess? Here we go:
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