My Vile Facebook News Feed

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year, you know the United States has a Presidential Election coming up in a couple weeks. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton.

I’m an educated woman and I keep up on my politics and what’s going on around the world. I have my views, opinions, and beliefs of what I believe is best for MY family. I don’t post things on my Facebook about who I believe is better or why the other candidate sucks. On the other hand, my friends on Facebook have gone from posting pictures of their kid’s first days of school, their dance recitals, picture day, and their baby’s first Christmas, to the most vile malicious things I have seen on social media to date.

The name calling is out of control. I saw one friend tell another friend, “Go ahead and vote for your cunt Hillary.” Dear Lord, I couldn’t believe my eyes. These two friends were not raised to speak to each other that way!  Do they know that other people are reading this and judging their character by their choice of words? And by choice of words, I mean the vile disgusting ones attached to attack someone.

This election is out of control, but I mean, hasn’t every election been out of control since social media blew up? My Facebook news feed has blown up with political memes, posts, and rants. I normally just scroll right past them and go on with my day, but lately I’ve been seeing more and more attacks on the person who made the post. Trump supporters are ripping their friends apart and calling women murders and whores because of where they stand on abortion. I see Clinton supporters pointing fingers and saying that all Trump supporters are secret racists and bigots. What’s with the name calling? Why go there?

I know I can’t be the only one fed up with their social media news feeds turning into a pissing contest. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, it’s one of the reasons that make America great. I believe every person who is voting is voting for the candidate who they think will do what’s best for THEIR family, and you know what, I respect that.

This morning was a breaking point for me and I finally decided to post something on my Facebook. This is what I said:

“It’s really hard to scroll through my news feed and watch friends attacking other friends on their political beliefs. It’s hard reading the hateful things y’all are saying to each other. You know it’s okay to have different beliefs, right? You know, if someone doesn’t AGREE with you, it doesn’t make them uneducated or stupid. At the end of the day, every person who is voting is voting for who they believe will do what’s best for their family. Show a little respect people, we are better than this.”

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18 thoughts on “My Vile Facebook News Feed

  1. This is great Jess. I feel much the same. I know who I’m voting for but I can understand and respect why someone feels the other candidate is the better option for them. What I dislike the most is the people who only put quotes, memes or info knocking the candidate they don’t like. Why can’t you just stand by your candidate and not bash the other? It will never make sense to me.

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  2. it has become so hateful that I no longer post anything on fb..with the exception of my personal blog page. Yep, I live in Suziland in fb at all times now. My own cousin ranted at me and unfriended me because of what he thought was my political choice. would have been nice if he KNEW, but he was wrong. The name calling has become absolutely horrendous. yes, we are better than this…except we obviously aren’t as it is happening with more and more frequency. We are seeing the beliefs of people in action I am afraid. we want to be better than this..we strive for it..we get embarrassed when we realize we aren’t as nice or polite or reasonable as we want to be. the animals have taken over the zoo. sigh

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    • I unfriended a lot of people because they were viciously attacking other friends. To me, that’s unacceptable behavior and I won’t tolerate it any more. This is just the direction things are handled now and most of these supporters are hiding behind their computer screens and I don’t think half of them would say any of that garbage to another friend’s face.

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  3. So true! Couldn’t agree with you more. The way people have allowed this election to take hold of their emotions is deplorable. Facebook is quickly becoming a platform that enables bullying. I hope they will moderate these conversations at some point.

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  4. I didn’t experience that. I felt the mounting pressure, but honestly you could’ve voted for who you wanted. As long as you didn’t try to persuade me that I was making a mistake, do as you please. I voted for who I wanted and so did others.

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  5. Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee, I’m simp5ly trying to add more content diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please let me know via email.

    Autumn
    AutumnCote@WriterBeat.com

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