When I read about what happened to Dexter and his mother at Walmart I was enraged. If you haven’t heard, here’s the recap: Dexter, a two year-old boy, was wearing a pink headband in the store as his mother shopped. Some homophobic loser bully pulled the pink headband from Dexter’s head, cuffed him in the face, and said among other things, “Your son is a f*cking fa***t. He’ll get shot for it one day.”
Every time I think about it my heart races.
I was bullied as a kid, and those experiences made me a distant and closed off kid, a loner and a nerd with few friends. Thankfully, after years of martial arts and life experience, I’m still a nerd but I have tons of friends and I’m an outgoing, relaxed, and gentle person.
Except where bullies are concerned. Child bullies need to be reached out to and counseled. But adult bullies need to either evolve or get their heads packed in.
To the homophobic bully who terrified Dexter and made him cry: This is me and my pink headband. If you’d like to repeat your performance with a grownup, you can find me at The Order of Seven Hills Martial Arts Club on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Or you can go get yourself some therapy for your issues. It’ll be cheaper than your hospital stay.
And to those of you who feel the same way, tweet your pictures to #pinkheadband.