A bunch of my neighbors shamed me a few weeks ago.
I was shamed because I thought the world was ready to start opening again. Businesses opening. Kids going back to school. People getting back to their lives.
I was called insensitive.
I was called stupid.
I was called a murderer.
Don’t I care about others?
All because I thought differently than they did.
I was shamed because I don’t think people should be made to wear masks.
I was told that we must wear masks or we are murderers.
I explained that I had a hard time telling a person of color that they must enter a store in a mask. I understand that racism exists.
Murderer. They said. I should immediately call the police if I see anyone not wearing a mask.
I asked them if snitching on our neighbors wasn’t inherently wrong.
They said no. We must tell on these people.
When I questioned the Mayor starting a sentence with “All you Jews…” when discussing a group of Hasidim they stated that DeBlasio was right to call out an entire group of people.
I was shamed.
Wearing expensive watches and sneakers and purses…
With children having attended private schools (side note…can you be a liberal and send your kids to private school…I mean..why do your kids need to be separated from others?)
They are mainly silent in the thousands of unmasked, not socially distanced groups of people….
They did ask why my daughter wasn’t attending the riots…wasn’t I ashamed that she wasn’t demonstrating …..they didn’t say ashamed, but that was the implication…there is no other way to display the withering glances I received…
I sheepishly said that my daughter has been spending two to three hours a day volunteering to tutor students who have been left in the dust by not having actual school. Students of color btw….if that matters as to who should need help right now…
I am so ashamed….