Ending the hate

Oh no.

I was just thinking about the upcoming boxing match/media frenzy that is the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor boxing match set for August 26. I was thinking about how the event itself will be a joke (I don’t care what you think about a puncher’s chance, McGregor is going to lose and probably lose badly) but I’ll still tune in and will likely do so with the company of several teammates from MacKay’s Mixed Athletics.

Then a terrible thought crept into my brain: some of those alt-right wingnuts are going to do something stupid in relation to this event. (When I say stupid in this case I mean racist…but the words mean the same thing, so who cares?) There will be protests outside or inside or the online trolling afterwards or whatever. This is too big of an event for idiots not to try and use to further their agendas.

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Ugh. This is reason 376 why I hate people. Oh, and about that… I feel I have to clarify what I mean when I say I hate people. Actually, I have to stop using the phrase altogether. I don’t really hate people. You saw what hate is in Charlottesville. You saw individuals genuinely disgusted with anyone who isn’t white protestant. I mean…I can’t say they should never be allowed to talk. Even the idiots of the world should be allowed to have their turn at the microphone. Otherwise, we’re dictating how people feel and what they can believe and that’s fascism in itself.

With that said, I am super glad people were also there to stand up for themselves and their friends, families, neighbours. People like Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed when one of the walking studies in ignorance ploughed a car into a crowd of protestors.

Whenever an event on this level of awful happened in the past, when people in the US were at their lowest following a tragedy like Columbine or 9/11, you had a president who was there to try and lift the spirits of not only Americans but also people from around the world. What did the current president do? He took two days to even recognize the event as tragic and denounce those taking part, including the assembled Nazis and KKK members.

I’m surprised he said anything at all. The alt-right has to be some of the only people Trump can count on for support. If his numbers were higher, I think he would have been calling for blood. As it stands, he can’t speak ill of some of the only people who might vote for him in three years.

Anyway, I’ve decided to stop saying I hate people. I don’t hate people. Most people are fine enough, I suppose. I just don’t want to get to know any more of them. My social tank is well and truly full. From now on, when I don’t care for someone, I’m going to say they are borderline. When I outright dislike someone, I’m going to say they are Trump-adjacent. When I really, really dislike someone, as in I wish them physical harm, I’m going to say they are full-on Trump.

As for when I need to express a dislike for humanity in general, I’m going to use the phrase “Hey folks, your Trump is showing.”

Also, if any alt-right, Nazi, KKK, or whatever supporter has a problem with me calling alt-right, Nazi, KKK members or supporters idiots…so what? I’m surprised you can read, moron.

I’m done now.

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Antigonish native Matt Draper has been a photographer, reporter and columnist for The Reporter since 2003.