I’ve been called many names since starting this blog. I’ve been called a “welfare whore.” I’ve been called lazy, greedy, and rude. I’ve been called a hypocrite and a moocher. I’ve been cursed at, judged, and questioned constantly. I think it’s about time I speak against the hate.
It almost always happens in the comments section by someone who chooses not to be notified of follow-up comments (interesting…), and by someone who decides to remain anonymous (though that’s certainly not always the case). From this, I gather a couple things about people who leave such comments.
- They have a strong opinion about taking advantage of programs like WIC and SNAP, and they feel they need to share their opinion. They also feel that their opinion should be the opinion that all people embrace. But they also don’t want their opinion to taint their reputation, else they would leave their name.
- They aren’t usually interested in a discussion about these programs, or else they would want to be notified when someone replies to their comment. They simply want to make it clear that if anyone doesn’t hold their opinion, they are a hypocritical, greedy, lazy welfare whore.
Why do people think this is okay? I can certainly understand that people would disagree with my participation in nutritional assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP. These are pretty controversial topics. But where did basic human decency go? And do you really think calling me derogatory names strengthens your argument? What good does that do?
I’ll tell you exactly what name-calling does. It makes you sound like a raving insensitive uneducated troll.* It doesn’t cause me to rethink my position at all, it causes me to pray for the future of our nation. I’m reminded over and over again that we live in a broken world. Yes, our economy is broken, and our government is broken, but even more than that, people are broken.
It’s not okay to call people names. This is something we learned in Kindergarten. I love to have civil conversations about these programs. That’s part of the reason I started this blog. But please, before you comment, ask yourself if you’d talk that way to your mother. Thanks!
*I wrote the bit about sounding like a “raving insensitive uneducated troll” mostly for comedic effect. I realize that I’m calling people names for calling me names. Please forgive me if you can’t take a joke. Thanks!