“Keep your diseased ass out of other countries and don’t use the callousness of their profit driven governments as justification, you pasty pallid plague bearer!”
Here is the latest essay, a little bit different from my usual ones.
You can read or listen to the entire essay here: https://khmezek.substack.com/p/reflections-from-a-real-life-karen
Today, a memory came up in my Facebook notifications and it kind of blew me away and I just had to pause in my writing of Traversing the Land of Fanatics, Part Two, to share it.
Two years ago, at the time I wrote this, I had recently returned to the United States from living in Egypt. Bari Weiss had written her resignation letter from the New York Times around the same time. In her letter she says: “My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m ‘writing about the Jews again.’
She goes on to say, “I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public.”
I don’t understand it either. I will never understand why people knowingly hurt one another for absolutely no good reason. For anyone with a ray of sunshine in their heart, and I’ve got quite a few rays of sunshine, it’s impossible to accept this kind of behavior. And it is something I will always stand up against.
It’s good to remind ourselves how we got here. Reading this post over again gave me more than a few chills. I wrote it almost a year before I ever started writing on Substack. At that time, I never would have dreamed I would be where I am today, researching these issues so deeply and building this amazing community. I’m so thankful for this writing journey and the opportunity to share it with my readers.
So, here you are, what I wrote 2 years ago on Facebook:
Please continue reading or listening here: https://khmezek.substack.com/p/reflections-from-a-real-life-karen