“Snowflake” is a word I have seen being thrown around way too often these days. Normally, snowflakes are the things that fall from the sky when it snows during winter, but it also has another meaning. A more hurtful meaning. For those of you who do not know, according to Urban Dictionary, a snowflake is a very sensitive person. Someone who is easily hurt or offended by the statements or actions of others.
Now, I suppose without context, a ‘snowflake’ may seem like a rather annoying person to deal with. But what makes one a “snowflake” these days is very unjustifiable.
Let me give you a real life example, something that I have actually seen happen.
There was a person who used to share racially insensitive memes, use racial slurs and be quite homophobic, all just to act “cool” or whatever. Keep in mind, this person was not a BI-POC so him using the n-word was obviously unjustifiable. Whenever someone called him out, he would always have a “justification” or excuse for his actions. He would say, “Who is watching what I do?” or “It’s just a joke, it isn’t my problem that you can’t take a joke”. And if the situation ever escalated further, it always ended with him deeming whoever called him out a snowflake. He would bully them for choosing to care. He bad mouthed them to everyone, calling them a ‘wuss’ and telling everyone that they had no sense of humor. He also used to say that this person was a “simp” because he stood up for women and was nice to them.
My question for everyone who is reading —- In this situation, was it really that wrong of person two to care enough to call person one out?
If you ask me, I would say, “Of course not”. Person one was evidently in the wrong, and he should have been held accountable for his actions.
This is just one example among so many similar situations that I have seen.
It is not okay to make jokes that are culturally or racially insensitive. It is not okay to be homophobic or use sexuality as an insult. And it is definitely not okay to be ignorant even after you have been called out for it multiple times. Don’t be rude to someone or bully them just because they care. Don’t call someone names just because they are actually sensitive or “woke”. Instead learn from your mistakes and educate yourself too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shwetha is a high school student passionate about advocacy, music and fashion. She loves expressing her feelings in the form of written words and aims to use her voice to help everyone who is going through something tough.