Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
StrangeWings, since you've raised the subject of racial slurs (and that's a subject that's been raised here before in a way that still upsets me), I feel a need to respond to your challenge: I assure you that nobody has ever used any kind of hate speech in my presence without being verbally whacked for it. As far back as junior high, I was getting into trouble at school by defending minorities -- the only trouble I ever got into, because I was very shy. But I did stand up against injustice.
Oh I know without a doubt that you're not the type to tolerate people treating others poorly. That's part of your personality that shines though clearly in all of your messages on here.
What's hard is when you're at work, or even clocked out. I had that situation a few nights ago - I wasn't working but had stopped by the store to pick something up and there was some crazy guy in there going on about Obama, guns being taken away, and using the N word. Unfortunately the regulars all recognize me and if I had outright called him down for that I'd get in trouble or have something started when I was on shift.
..I did, not so subtly, call him crazy and after he started using courser language said "I have better things to do" slammed down what I was holding and walked out.
If it wouldn't have gotten me fired I would have done more because usually behavior like that sickens me a bit. I've probably crossed the line a few other times, like the other day telling someone they could try actually getting their dog spayed instead of hoping she wouldn't get pregnant.
I just think we'd do better to encourage those around us to spay, neuter, and properly provide for their animals than fuss over who owns what. Who cares if someone says "I own two dogs", it's more important that they say "I own two dogs that are both spay/neutered, get plenty of walks and attention, and are both healthy".
How one sees the animals (or even other people) in their life has nothing to do with this - a sad fact, most of the pets that people on this forum have get better medical treatment than I did as a child (had nothing to do with money) and my father didn't think he owned
me. It's the same for many..