I was bullied in primary school and junior high because I was a skinny nerd in schools on military bases. Then Dad died and I was moved to an all white school in Virginia in 1961. There I was bullied because I was a skinny nerd who could not be silent about the horror of racism I saw and heard in school. I was beaten.
As a doctor, I heard a million bully stories of so many kinds, so much hurt. Recently I gave two talks in a county suffering from an epidemic of bullying. I have revisited my growing up being bullied these last two months and studied these three current sources:
I realized that I want to get involved nationally, even internationally, to stop these nightmares of our children. I will contact the Bully Project and see what I can do. Maybe it can be a wedge to push teaching the intelligence of loving in K-12—more important than mathematics, 1 hour/day—5 days/week for 13 years. Maybe I can connect with Lady Gaga, who is a spokesperson against bullying and we can creatively approach young and old alike. You reading this…make your commitment and be an instrument to stop bullying, at least study the three resources above. Love all people.
Yesterday I was in Chicago for the big protest against NATO. We marched for peace and justice for all people, with all the country’s Occupy movements; my friends, Code Pink, so many from so many organizations (Yay! Food Not Bombs and Free Bradley Manning, National Nurses United and so many more). All desiring to have everyone cared for and nature, too. I saw a very small group present all dressed in solid black with black masks, called the “Black Block”. I heard them chant “fuck the cops” and I felt that even peace marches have bullies. I wondered what part of peace and justice “fuck the cops” is? I talked with them and they didn’t see the contradictions. For many, I could feel their probable disappointment if they didn’t get to “fuck the cops” before the day was over. At no other time during the preparation did I see any other intent to do violence. The long 2 mile march of many thousands also produced no violence. All the while the police were suited up in bulky black riot gear and stood rigid with a stern look that was so severe that it looked comical to me. I clowned extremely, the entire walk—next to hundreds of police—I saw no act of aggression. Only two broke a smile on the entire course—I was using the “triple threat” (Cheek spreader, Billy Bob teeth and snot)—I had the worst clown record I’d had in 50 years. So here was a place for bullies in protecting the dangerous perpetrators in NATO. It was obvious that some couldn’t wait to hit a marcher. Funny how the media blows up these two bully groups instead of the amazing multitude showing peace and love. I want a world where no one could conceive of hurting each other.
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