Yesterday, the president of the University of Texas College Republicans, Lauren Pierce, tweeted in response to the shooting at the White House, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had!” #2012″.
Obviously that shit didn’t fly well with the majority of Americans- Democratic or Republican- and Pierce was not only attacked with a barrage of hate tweets on Twitter but the story was picked up by ABC, Huffingtonpost etc.
I was fascinated by this story. Here was this young lady who has a position of power at a reputable university saying such ignorant crap. Her Twitter photo showed that of a bleached blonde with her boobs shoved together and a big toothy smile. Her Twitter profile said she believes in American Exceptionalism. She is a young Ann Coulter. A hate machine, not even thinking about the consequences of running their mouth. I don’t particularly care for her. I don’t like what she said and I’m glad there has been fallout from her tweet (the UT College Republicans asked her to step down from her position). I also don’t like that she not only gives Texans a bad name, but Laurens too.
As I tracked the comments going back and forth on Twitter about this event, I noticed that many people shot back hate-licked words just as bad as Lauren’s. People insinuating that they should shoot her, that they hope she dies, calling her “cunt” or “bitch”. People saying that this is why Texas sucks. It blew my mind.
I know that it’s easier for people to use these words when they’re hiding behind a computer screen, but seriously, when did people get so hateful? Maybe I’m being naive- pitchforks and burning people at the stake is nothing new to society, but haven’t we grown up a little? Haven’t we learned that responding back to hate with more hate does nothing? Isn’t there enough stress in the world and in our lives to be constantly battling with one another?
Forget Occupy Wall Street, we need an old fashion cumbaya. Or enema.
Separately from that it does concern me that a girl who has obviously wiggled her way to some authority at one of the largest colleges in American could be so brash and ignorant to say such things in a public forum. Are these the sort of people we’re letting be in charge? Does being blonde and pretty really get you that far?
Did I just crawl out from under a rock?