How Bullying Works

I thought that New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan really got to the heart of bullying in her article about a recent “O’Reilly Factor” report on Chinatown that was eye-wateringly racist.

Fan came to the U.S. at age 8, and is now a citizen. She contemplates the permissioning for this kind of dark idiocy that Donald Trump has wrought, and her own susceptibility to be victimized by it:

Scarier still are the tiny seeds of self-doubt he sows in each one of us who has ever been led to believe that those who insult us might somehow be better than us, that we should be the ones who are embarrassed.

And that’s how bullying works, right? It makes the innocent guilty of … of .. what, exactly? Of being capable of embarrassment or shame? Of being human?

A month till Election Day. If only all this craziness could end with the closing of the polls in November.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s