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I mean, I'm a softy that really loves our furry friends - my pets are my family - but really?!
My heart swelled yesterday morning when I saw the floods of people speaking out against the politics of Russia.
My Facebook feed was completely overrun with people protesting the cruelty being practiced in Sochi, and calling for like-minded folks to boycott watching the Olympics and buying from the sponsors. Finally! I thought. People are finally realizing that it's not just rhetoric. The LGBTQ folks (and their allies) in Russia are in danger, and the world is finally paying attention.
Then I realized that many of them were talking about the dogs. Not human rights abuses, topped off by the final straw, cruelty to animals. They were only concerned about the dogs. A lot of the people I saw posting didn't even seem to know about the LGBTQ thing. They were just sad that stray dogs were killed.
No, more than that. They were outraged.
I'm sad that the dogs were killed, too. Pretty damn pissed and sickened, if the truth be told. But for the dogs to be the only issue motivating their outrage? Really?? What does this say about us as a people if the tormenting and oppression of an entire class of people - for no reason other than that they are LGBTQ or thought to be LGBTQ - wasn't enough to stir us to respond? The abuse and deaths of those innocents apparently didn't matter. Are the only innocents we care about the ones wearing their own fur?
I'm trying to look at it from this perspective (because if I don't, I'll probably wash my hands of the future of the human race for at least a week, and that would make me sad): Maybe those people really hadn't heard of Putin's obscene anti-gay policies. Maybe they really didn't know that LGBTQ people and allies are threatened, beaten, and even 'disappeared' or killed on a regular basis, and that they live lives of constant fear. Maybe whatever news the people listen to or read didn't cover those stories or, if they did, they somehow missed the entire thing. Maybe.
If so, then maybe they are at least aware of those things now. If it took the terrible dog story to get their attention and pull at their heart-strings, maybe now they are ready to see and listen and - just maybe - stretch their heart-strings a little farther to include members of their own species as well.
Thanks, as always, for reading, Darlings. Let me know YOUR thoughts on what's going on in Sochi. Are you watching? Where do you think Russia is heading with all of this? How worried should we be?