On Sunday, someone tagged Christina in this image on Facebook. She then tagged me and Emmy. I’d seen it before and had in fact planned to blog about it, but when my computer(s) were stolen, I lost my copy of this image. Glad to have it back again. I would have simply stored it for the time being and continued procrastinating, but one of Christina’s FB friends made a comment or two that I felt the need to publicly (and non-anonymously) disagree with.
The person I have labelled as ‘John Doe’ is someone I am not FB friends with and know nothing about except what he presents to the public/friends of friends. From my limited profile access, I gathered the following information:
–his Facebook name includes a first name commonly given to white men in the US; his last name reads as “non-ethnic” but not particularly WASPy.
–his profile picture is of a white male, over 18 and under 30 (i am bad at ages)
–he is affiliated with the most prestigious public university in our state
–he is affiliated with the secular student alliance (or something similarly named) at said university.
I don’t expect Christina to make excuses for him or for her friendship with him. I don’t ask her to remove him from her friends list either, because that’s not my place. If it were me and we hadn’t had any significant Facebook interaction in the past year or so, I would severely limit his access to my profile or consider removing him entirely. But anyone who has met Christina in real life knows she likes to surround herself with the opposition. 😉
John Doe appears educated and articulate, and is more respectful than 90% of internet commenters who would publicly hold his stance. There might even be a few issues on which we agree. On this subject, however, he is completely wrong.