Please Don't Unfriend Your Trump Supporting Facebook Friends

October 22nd 2016

Omri Rolan

"The Breakfast Club" would have been a really bad movie if the five students just sat at separate tables in detention and didn’t talk to each other.

Think about that for a moment, while I make the case not to unfriend your Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporting Facebook friends.

The coverage of this election has been tedious and boring. Opening Facebook is opening the floodgate to endless pieces on "Trump grabbing X by the Y" or people telling me whether I should or shouldn’t care about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails. (Spoiler: I don’t.)

But between those articles I’ve noticed another trend grow in popularity — liberal-leaning people posting messages like this:

Look, I get it. When things are hard to look at, it feels better and safer to ignore them.

One time I got a spider bite (or what I thought was a mosquito bite) on my butt while traveling. Not wanting it to spoil my vacation I decided to ignore it and not deal with it. Fast forward 24 hours, I had no choice but to deal with it. In the emergency room.

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Besides grossing you out, the point of that story was to affirm that just because you ignore something, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Facebook allows our distant relatives and closed minded childhood friends to spew hate at “the gays” or “the blacks.”

And not that we should make excuses for these people, but that hate comes from fear. That fear comes from a lack of understanding. And we can’t expect people to understand us, if we don’t make ourselves visible to them.

Which is why I ask you to do this:

  • If you’re gay and see a Trump supporter being homophobic: Don’t unfriend them. Be present and be gay.

  • If you’re black and see a Trump supporter being racist: Don’t unfriend them. Be present and be black.

  • If you’re a woman and you see a Trump supporter being sexist. Don’t unfriend them. Be present be a NASTY WOMAN.

Janet Clinton

Can you imagine if each kid in "The Breakfast Club" pretended like there was no one else in the room? The brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal would have never gotten to understand (and love) each other.

Treat this election like detention!

I’m clear on the fact that not all Trump-Supporters are close-minded. But if you are a close-minded Trump supporter and don’t have any “others” in your life. Feel free to add me on Facebook and Twitter.