We refuse to see the victims of hate speech but they are everywhere.
I don’t know if it is fear, selfishness, greed, ignorance or combinations of these.
What I know is that the statement, “I am not a victim” only applies to those people who have the resources they need to undo the damage and find self-acceptance.
To the extent that I have resources to heal my mind and see beyond the goal of
mere survival as an organism I am not a victim.
To the extent that my mind is free of the self-loathing and helplessness fostered in me by my narcissistic Mother and an abusive culture I am not a victim.
To the extent that I break my silence without freezing in panic I am not a victim.
Today I am free of the limitations imposed on me before I even understood that I had a mind.
Today I accept that I was a victim and now I am in charge of my life.
I must use what I’ve learned to help those who stay trapped in institutional and domestic abuse and in the mentality that all oppressive systems foster in their victims.
I must express what I’ve learned as a victim and a survivor to free other minds.
If there is a destiny; this is mine.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015 All Rights Reserved
The quote by Ted Cruz was found online. The image is not mine.