With the recent obsession with ChatRoulette, I started skimming some “Best of ChatRoulette” posts. Chatroulette is a website where users can randomly video chat with strangers. I stumbled across this picture:
In this shot you see two strangers who got connected. The top person has an Israeli flag in his room. The bottom person has a Nazi flag behind him. Amazingly, both of them recognize the irony of this match and give each other a thumbs up, presumably recognizing their differences and the oddity of the situation.
Looking at this amazing shot, two things crossed my mind:
1. That this boy/young man would even have a Nazi flag on his wall and display it proudly while he is on Chatroulette. I forget how many people are still anti-semitic, homophobic and xenophobic.
2. That the top person actually turned his computer over to his flag. To be honest, I probably would have given the nazi flag guy a thumbs down and immediately hit ‘next’ to leave the chat room.
3. That both people acknowledge the difference and the odd situation so kindly. I do not know what I would have done, but I am not sure if I would have given a thumbs up and smiled.
This picture was also a sober reminder of the hate that is still out there. There is a whole new breed of younger people who perpetuate hate crimes, discrimination and prejudice. I cannot imagine the kinds of comments I am going to have to sort through when this post goes up. Still, it is an extremely important issue to me and I wanted to alert parents.
For parents, I think it is especially important to talk to your kids about being open-minded and loving not hating. Please show them this picture, ask them what they think. What they would do if they were in this situation and how young people feel about different races, religions and peoples. The most we can do is get the conversation started.