Ok, this might be a relatively short one today, but felt it needed saying. There is no great “middle path” or enlightened way to protest a reportedly abusive organization like Co$. For those who are attempting to spread this myth, please ask them how effective they have been over the past 60+ years in ending the policies, practices, and beliefs of abuse. How many people have they “rescued” from the grips of disconnection, the RFP, or kept from oppressive debt and bankruptcy?
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m confident that there is no “playbook” on how to confront this group. I find it very disingenuous for someone to play the sage elder in this situation. There are no “hard and fast” rules on what is acceptable or moral, and anyone who tells you differently should be viewed with a decent level of cynicism.
While I do not support or promote hate, abuse, or violent speech, I do recognize that we all fall into that trap from time to time. I would be hard-pressed to believe that one has never found themselves so passionate about something that they haven’t uttered words that they immediately wished they could take back. The same is true with Co$. Everyone should know by now that they indeed play this game. The bait you into responding in a way that you typically would not.
To those who have been caught by this ploy, a simple apology is all that’s required, in my opinion. No need to dwell on it. Continue confronting and protesting as you can. But, the catch is, you can expect this transgression to live on for months or years later. It will not only be used against you, and other protesters, by Co$, but also those who preach this “Middle Path” philosophy.
I’m not saying I support using violent, hateful, or abusive language, but I also understand why you may have been baited to using it. I am also mature enough to weigh one utterance against a larger body of work. While I wish things like this didn’t happen, I’m also pragmatic enough to understand that anyone can fall for this game.
At the end of the day, this stunt is just a way to apply “divide and conquer” technology. For some, there is value in the continued existence of this organization. Whether it be that it “validates” their prior participation in it, or they are profiting from the continuing conflict, it is certainly a topic of further investigation, but perhaps for another day.
To all of us who are against the abusive policies, actions, and beliefs of this organization – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!