Facebook has been buzzing about a new billboard close to Vega that shares a not-so-subtle opinion about Liberals. The sign reads "Liberals, Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." See full story here.

 

Before I start I would like to say I am not a crazy leftest, a snowflake, or a SJW. I am just a person who sees a bigger problem with this billboard. I will also say that I do in a way, admire the person behind the billboard because they shared and stood up for an opinion they have. Even though I don't agree. I won't hate on someone who has a different opinion... which leads me to my thoughts.

When I saw the picture of the billboard pop up on my newsfeed I read it and thought. "Well, that is stupid." and then was overcome by sadness. Not because of what the billboard said, because frankly. Who cares? I was sad about what people were saying in the comments. I was holding my phone stunned at how awful people were being.

Like I said, I admire the person for sticking to their convictions and sharing their opinion. But honestly, they shared a lot of hate with it. Our country is at a very crucial time in our history where we are incredibly divided as we all know. You can't even bring up anything political without the fear of an argument breaking out with your loved one. But why? Why are we so offended by differences in opinions? We will never see true change and prosperity in our country until we can hear each other out.

Suggesting that people should leave a state just because they have different ideas or opinions than you is sickening to me, and is incredibly immature.

Humans are different, all of us. With different backgrounds, experiences, skills, and opinions. That is what makes us incredible. In other words, You have something I need, and I have something you need.

I believe this billboard is a great representation of a huge culture problem in Amarillo and the Panhandle... IT IS OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT THAN SOMEONE.

Until we can grasp that more fully, I am worried about our future. Public statements like this feed hatred and the mindset of "us vs them." Until people feel safe to share a different opinion and do things differently than how we always have we will not be able to live up to our fullest potential as a city, state, or country.

It has been reported that the billboard is being taken down. However, the question remains how are we going to change this culture?

In short, I guess I am trying to say... spread more love, not hate.