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Because I think it really comes down to this
msauvage purple
So today is Spirit Day. I don't really have any purple to wear, nor anyone to see me wearing it. Bullying has been pretty exhaustively discussed on the internets the last few weeks (although I liked this post the best); I don't really want to get into any of the hows and whys. I was mildly tormented throughout my entire grade-school career, not nothing near as bad as a lot of people had to endure. And the one thing I've figured out from that experience, for absolute sure, is that bullying is able to happen when good people do nothing.

So it doesn't really matter to me what "reason" bullies decide on when they start picking on you. They don't think you're the "right" gender, the right orientation, the right color, the right size; I don't really care. What I'm telling you now is that I'm not going to just stand here anymore. Everyone always says, "Well, it's none of my business." Bullying will be my business now. If I see someone giving you shit, I will tell them to cut that shit out, and we'll take it from there. And if you aren't the one being bullied, and you're standing next to me, I hope you'll back me up. I hope you would do the same for me.

That's my contribution today.

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My concern about wearing purple is that it's something we can do today to feel like we accomplished something, and then forget about it tomorrow. I would rather say, "This is what I promise to do when I actually see it happening."

I agree and am going to try my very best to come out of my complacent shell and make a difference, beyond just this purple shirt today.

That's my feeling about it too. And on tumblr there's all sorts of stuff about it, including a photoshopped Mean Girls picture that says "On Wednesdays we wear purple," which, really? I mean, once something becomes a meme it pretty much loses any actual power. I think what you're saying is what everyone else should, that it should be action beyond wearing a certain color. I'm kicking myself now for not bringing this up yesterday in my mentoring group to see if we could get a dialogue going with the 7th graders to see their thoughts on bullying, but that will have to wait for next week.

Edited at 2010-10-20 05:39 pm (UTC)

I agree completely. That said, it was pretty damn encouraging for me to go down to my dorm's meal hall and see that the majority of the people there were wearing purple (in a Lutheran based dorm, too). I just hope they all stick to the statement their clothing made that day.

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