8.07.2006

An Uncomfortable Email


Occasionally I receive these emails from a good friend of mine. We don't talk or even email that often, but I am on her list to mass email anytime something she finds interesting comes across her path.

These emails sometimes involve low-brow humor, sometimes photos, sometimes warnings about drinking straight out of your Coke can without wiping it off. But sometimes, more and more, they contain over-the-top political propaganda that diverges 180 degrees from my own view. They are hateful, bigoted emails meant to spur patriotism and pride in what we are doing in the world. Only, they don't seem to inspire me much.

I've continued receiving these emails for some time. I would politely read them without comment and then promptly send them to my email trash can, ending the cycle of intolerance. But today, I could not. The email I was forwarded from my friend was simply too much to swallow. I had to respond.

But how to do you respond when you truly value the friendship of the sender? How do you say, "Thanks, but no thanks," without hurting their feelings in this time of extreme partisanship. I felt uncomfortable responding, but I came to the realization that eventually if you don't stand for anything, you stand for nothing.

So I sent her a reply. I mentioned how much I valued her friendship and her as a person. But I put my foot down and said, "Enough is enough." We'll see if I hear back.

3 comments:

Eric S. Day Esq. said...

You did the right thing! Like the good reverend said - "injustice anywhere is a threat justice everywhere." (Martin Luther King) I look forward to the day when America is again an example to the world of civil and human rights.

Walker said...

That one's easy. A little Trash Talking never hurt anyone...unless she's thin skinned. Instead of getting silently offended and sending it to the trash bin, send a reply back disagreeing with her! If her emails match her views, in that she's a bigot, an opinion running counter to hers might make her think a little. Use humor though, otherwise you'll lose your friend. My views are fairly polarized from yours, but we have had several conversations without throwin' elbows, right? Humor is a necessity with emotionally laden topics like politics.

napalmbrain said...

Was that a Clarence Thomas reference in there? I would have just slashed her tires. Way to take the higher and better road.