This year was full of controversy, mudslinging, name-calling and that doesn’t even include the presidential campaigns. It seems that no matter which side you were on regarding any issue, someone told you that you were wrong. We learned a lot about our friends that we’d rather not know. Either they were too narrow minded or too open minded. Too pro or too anti. Too liberal or too conservative. They were too political, too religious, too secular, too apathetic. Friendships were lost. People were divided, angry and, the most used word this year… offended.
I learned a lot this year. I learned that we are not entitled to our own opinions, and that whatever our opinions are, they’re wrong. I learned that if we were outraged by anything, we were wrong. We should be outraged about something else – as if there’s a limit on outrage. If we were amused by anything, it was trivial and we should be outraged about something. If “they” were offended, we should be too.
I started blogging in April and didn’t start writing down the events of this year until then. Plus, I don’t watch the news very often. So keep in mind, this is not an exhaustive list of all that happened this year…
That dress. Women’s Soccer. Caitlyn (the dog, not Jenner), Charleston church shooting. Confederate flag. Marriage equality. Movie theater shooting. A man became a woman. Josh Duggar. Jared Fogle. A white woman was black. Lives matter. Heroes on a French Train. A dentist killed a lion. Bill Cosby. Planned Parenthood. A court clerk in Kentucky refused to do her job. Nurses got dissed on The View. A NY rat ate pizza. The Pope came to America. A kid made a clock. South Carolina flooded. Water on Mars. Hurricane Patricia broke the scale. KC Royals. Starbucks made a red cup. Christmas started too early for some. Paris bombings. Syrian refugees. ISIS. Doug Flutie’s parents both died on the same day. Hover boards. Adele. San Bernadino. Saint West. Star Wars. Steve Harvey/Miss Universe. The Weather.
Rachel Dolezal is certainly not the most controversial thing on this list, but can we just talk about her for a minute? At a time when African-Americans were speaking out about racism, this white chick was signing up to be black! She got away with it for 10 years until she was outed by her own parents. The reason she was able to pull it off is that she didn’t portray herself as a caricature or stereotype like so many of the racially confused. She was educated, intelligent, and involved in the black community. She taught African studies and headed a chapter of the NAACP. Last but not least, girlfriend’s hair was on fleek!
You may have missed out on the pizza rat with all the other things going on in the world. Click here to watch. I think it was Splinter carrying a slice of pizza back to the sewer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The dress (is it white and gold or is it blue and black?) was a nice distraction from all the madness. It was an interesting experiment on the human brain. My husband and I looked at the exact same pictures and saw completely different colors. It makes you wonder how much credibility there really is in an “eyewitness” account.
My hometown made the national news a few times this year. Unfortunately, Memphis made the news twice for the loss of police officers. But on a more whimsical note, a monkey named Zimm escaped from the Memphis Zoo. She was found after three days. I’d love to know what she did during that time. Also, Memphis was named top food town (we do love to eat). Here’s a list of more great things about Memphis this year… Memphis 2015.
2016 promises more controversy and craziness… also known as election year. I hope you had a great 2015. Thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate your support and feedback. Happy New Year!