This is going to be a little long.
So, this was a very intense and somewhat disturbing event that happened a few days ago.
IMHO this guy got very confused about what I was saying and it seems to have thrown him into a complete and total meltdown that honestly, took me a little aback with its viciousness. Just a tad ridiculous in fact giving the situation. Or it was some kind of set up which also crossed my mind.
At first I was not really going to get into the content of the post itself but after reading through everything a few times I determined that for the purposes of context I should probably do that.
I am going to hold nothing back, everything laid out in the open including the profanity, of which there is plenty.
Consider yourself warned.
So lets just go from top to bottom and look at this beginning with the offending meme that started it all.
Once in a while a meme or post will get buy me, I am only human after all, not a robot but this one I knew was good because I remember writing about the incidents that I believed the meme to be referring to. I will cover that here in a little bit.
So here we come to the first comment. I have no hard feelings towards this person, (I don't hold grudges, such a waste of energy) so I am not going to be publishing anyone's name and I would ask anyone who may have been watching this interaction before the post disappeared to respect their privacy as well. From here on out I will simply refer to them as my "antagonist."
Very appropriate in my opinion.
OK. The comment that started it all and my response to it. All of the following are in the order I received them.
The following images were sent to me by the antagonist in my in box.
It goes on to say something to the order of if you are going to come at me be better prepared or something along those lines. The post is still gone so I can not go back and look at it.
So that was my response and as you can see at the bottom I threw his own words back at him. Was that a good idea? Probably not in hind sight but hey, like I said, I am only human and things piss me off just like everyone else. And his comment pissed me off.
Antagonist comment 2.
This comment made no sense to me, still doesn't so I have little to say about it.
I am wondering at this point what exactly pulled this guy's trigger so bad? Was it what I said for a response or was it the fact that I threw his own words back at him?
Or maybe its just because I am me. I am fully aware of the fact that I can be a tad abrasive to some people.
I was acutely aware though that this person was most certainly triggered at this point unless they were seriously messing with me. I dismissed the latter as things escalated.
Comment 3-4 (he gave several comments before I saw them and responded)
So here we will have to go back and reference my response.
First. I never said that the NAACP was a part of the government. The only mention I gave to the NAACP was that Obama gave a speech there, that's it. So I have no idea where he got that from. In referencing that speech by Obama where he was indirectly hinting towards wanting to ban the Gadsden flag from being displayed, I mean do you get any more government than the President of the United States, or the congress members whose voices rose to ban displaying this flag? I mean if they are not the government, who the hell is?
As for the EEOC lets look at their web address. https://www.eeoc.gov/ Only the GOVERNMENT can use the .gov designation so that people know they are on an OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT website. So I guess that makes the EEOC the government does it not? I mean doesn't being a part of the government make you the government, am I wrong in that?
And the next little comment is one of my favorites. "and seriously you're going to try and say that you didn't say illegal" Lets go back up and re read my response real quick. Nope, never said it. In fact, I specifically stated that that is NOT what they are trying to do.
Banning something from being displayed in public does not make the item itself illegal. Its only illegal to display it in designated public places. Like the polling stations in Minnesota. It was perfectly legal to display this flag anywhere in the state except for the polling stations. That means that the flag was not illegal, displaying it at a polling station was.
The meme also says nothing about making this flag ILLEGAL, it says ban, they are not necessarily the same thing. Many police organizations in the world have laws banning the use of cell phones when driving. This does not make the cell phone itself illegal, only using it while you are driving. The same goes for fire arms. The government has made laws banning carrying weapons in certain public places. Does this make the weapon itself illegal? No, it does not.
The same thing applies to this post. Or am I just thinking with too much specificity here? I do tend to see things pretty black and white.
Anyway, moving on. This was a screen shot I took prior to the post disappearing because I had an inkling that this guy was going to trigger out on me and I always screen shot these things just in case. Unfortunately I did not expand my last comment, the one the antagonist claims I never posted. Well, you can see the beginning of it anyway so I did in fact respond to him. But unbeknownst to me at the time, he apparently never saw it and I was assuming he had.
In this response I covered everything I just said above about the EEOC, NAACP, Obama, etc. I also reiterated that they are not trying to make the FLAG illegal and explained just like above what I mean by that. Basically what I said the first time with more words. But since he claims to have never read it and the post is gone, it is what it is.
I really wish I had expanded that comment, oh well, nothing to do about it now.
I do need to mention here though that as the antagonist mentions later, I did ban him from my page because I don't like abusive people. If he will talk to me like this he will talk to other people like this. I take protecting my followers from these kinds of people seriously and I have banned several people for the same thing in the past.
However, I unbanned him before writing my last response. I thought what the hell. Maybe he is just having a bad day so I will try to explain myself one more time. Now I regret doing so and you will see why.
So after posting this reply I went on about my business and never saw a notification for a reply on it so basically I just forgot about it.
Now I bet you guys are saying to yourselves... that was not much of a meltdown.
Well, that came later that night out of the blue in my inbox.
Lets just dive right in. Sorry about the size, might have to use that zoom button. This is as big as my editor will let me make it.
Now at this point I was under the impression that he had read my last response and honestly, this pissed me off more than his original post. Now it was at this point that I began looking for the meme post to bring up my response and to also ban him again because I needed one of his replies to do so. I do not know any other way to ban not block people than to use a reply.
I don't have people like this on my page. Be respectful or your gone, its in the rules of the FB group I have and the same applies to my main page. Calling people names and being belligerent will get you banned from my page and group, its that simple.
As you can see though he has a different take on that. Again, there was a degree of misunderstanding here but its really irrelevant in the big picture.
Obviously my banning him was a second trigger that upset him so bad that he never even realized that I had also unbanned him, otherwise he would not be talking to me.
At this point I knew that this person was in the middle of a crisis, he was about to go full blown triggered on me and he did not disappoint!
Remember now, at this point I am just trying to get rid of him, I do not have to put up with peoples abuse on my page.
So as you can see I decided at this point that I should report this person for abusive and bullying behavior. Both of which I felt he was exhibiting.
I love the part where he calls me a liberal. Definitely does not know me at all. That was a good laugh.
There was another moment for me here as well. I realized that this guy was exhibiting the markers for possibly entering a state of psychosis. This made my ears perk up because I am fascinated by human behavior and this was a great opportunity to observe and document an incident in real time.
I saw it as a great learning opportunity so I decided to let it run its course, maybe even prod it along a little if need be until I find the post and can ban him again.
He posted a bunch of screenshots here that just cover what has already been shown. Most of them are just posts but he shows a screen shot on I am assuming his page where he continues to rant about schooling me and stuff.
In-between the screen shots.
This is a screen shot of what he claims to have posted about all of this.
He seems to have a little trouble understanding the difference between a FB group and a FB page. He continues this throughout the rant which is one thing that shook my thinking on this being a set up. A FB plant would know the difference.
Now at this point I am like ah good the guy is going to self remove. I am still searching for that original post at this point.
Nope, not even close.
This is only once but the guy was really cracking me up with this. I kept stopping typing because he would not stop talking. I don't know about anyone else but I generally wait for people to stop talking before I reply to them.
Its all mostly the same thing so in the interest of time I am going to post the rest and write a summary.
Here again he seems to not understand the difference between a page and a group but he was damn sure not going to let me tell him he was not in my group.
I will tell ya though, if this guy talked like this in my group, my moderator Cindy would have ate his ass for lunch. She is a whole lot meaner than I am, she don't play. But anyhow, he does not seem to realize that the blue button is a LINK to my group, it does not mean you are IN the group. I have to approve people and he was not approved.
I really love when he attacks my spelling of You're by misspelling it himself, all through this rant. His spelling is worse than mine and that's saying something. That's why I have an editor at the media company I write for.
Again he seems to think that I am the liberal snowflake who is triggered. It seems to me that I am staying pretty calm throughout all of this. I aint cussin at him, or calling him names. I may be goading him on a little but if one wants to observe behavior they have to observe the behavior, you know what I mean?
Some of the things coming out of this guy was really making me embarrassed for him, but shall we continue?
This was when I realized that the original meme post was indeed gone from not just the main page, but every page I posted it in. My group and my personal page, gone. I had been searching for it most of this time to no avail.
He even tries to find the post himself and admits that it is no longer there. Can not screen shot something that is no longer there.
So he has pretty much attacked everything else so why not my typing right?
But as we can see the fact that the post is no longer there (and he knows this) for me to show him what I responded was very little deterrent for him to keep demanding that I do so. This is obsession and to be honest I was beginning to think again that this guy was a FB plant and they removed that post for this very purpose. He sure was focused on that particular aspect of things. A little too much in my opinion. Every time FB removes one of my posts they notify me of it and I ask for a review. That did not happen this time and I have gone through every notification I received that day including one for another post that was removed prior to this one. Can I prove that, of course not, but it did cross my mind.
This was the second time I thought he was going to self remove and I gave him all kinds of outs during this "conversation".
So, I can honestly say that this was by far the longest personal attack on me that I have ever had the displeasure of enduring. I mean I am used to triggered people calling me names, belittling me, demeaning me etc. etc. but I have never had anyone do it for a solid hour or so.
Most unpleasant, but I did get something out of it at least. Always look for the positive in every situation.
Now as far as the original post that started all of this I still feel the same way. I can't come up with any better way to explain it than what I said the first time. Even my second response basically said the same thing.
You guys can make up your own mind about the whole schooling thing.
My interest lies in the meltdown that it caused this guy. I mean I don't know what else to call it because under the circumstances it was more than just a little over the top and it lasted way too long.
Either it was a meltdown or there was another game afoot. I made sure that I kept my cool just in case. Wasn't easy, but there are still things about this that have me scratching my head, don't quite fit. I will probably gnaw on them for the next month or so.
Any way guys, that was the meltdown or game, whatever it was. Fascinating comes to mind.
This is of course my view point of this and like everyone else I am biased towards my own opinion. If you guys decide to comment, be honest. If this proves one thing, Its that I have pretty thick skin.
My purpose for posting this is to 1) To exhibit the meltdown itself and 2) have some discussion about it. You guys can see things I can't and I am hoping that you will tell me if you do.
So I will get this posted and let you guys start picking your jaws up off the floor.