So I have received yet another invite for an event/group for people wanting to boycott events or rumored events of Casey Anthony interviews. Though I get the disgust and disdain and even the outrage some may experience from the idea Casey being on the air, I often I find myself conflicted about what to say about some of these groups and their actions.
Whether it be Casey Anthony, or the many other child murders that seem to pervade our news outlets, etc, these people claim outrage at the violence that tragically took the lives of these children before they ever really began and the senseless cruelty demonstrated by those who took these lives, yet when I read the postings by some of the people in some these groups and those who lead them I begin to wonder, whether any good can really come from such groups.
A recent example would be one group that is encouraging people to boycott a scheduled interview of Casey Anthony by Piers Morgan. In the postings I read some of the ugliest things there. From attack on the character of a man they never met to downright racist remarks about or even too him. Some have even shared glorified tales if the letters they they sent and quote some of the cruel, ugly and somewhat violent remarks they made in those letters.
Furthermore, they praise these people who are doing these things “for Caylee” and then encourage others to do the same. Or celebrate the security that has been evoked as a result of these people’s past “boycotts”. They will even make remarks that at times demonstrate a disregard for the lives and dignity of these people.
I’m left to wonder, how is this helping Caylee, Kyon, Maddie or any other child whose tragic plights we mourn? Where is the justice in it? How does the ugliness and cruelty that clearly lies in the heart of some of the comments, posts and tweets posted by some of these individuals, any different than the same demonstrated by the the murderers they focus on?
They may not have murdered anyone but does not indulging in cruelty, hate, and violence in any form and even reveling in it regardless of the context, place one on a slippery slope to become a part of the problem rather than a solution?
Where is the line between seeking justice and seeking vengeance? Where is the line between peaceful protest and violent harassment?
I’m reminded of Robert Ressler’s book “Whoever Fights Monsters”, the title is a subtle warning to those who dare seek out the darkest of humanity in an effort to bring it to light and his homage to the wisdom contained in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche.
“whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”