Today In Why Do People Gotta Be Such Racist Douches
I belong to a Pokemon Go Discord that organizes gym raids. We have about 600 members and they’re uniformly the sweetest, most innocuous people I’ve ever met. I literally have not seen *one* argument the whole time I’ve been raiding with them, and if you imagine 600 random people from tumblr getting together, you’ll see what an accomplishment that is.
So pokemon gyms are supposed to all be on public land, which apparently Niantic considers churches to be. So we end up with a little circle of 3-15 people chatting and poking our cell phones for 15 minutes or so in church parking lots a lot.
And today, two members reported having the cops called on their raids for standing quietly in a parking lot poking their phones. Guess whether the two people were white or not. JUST GUESS. One of them says he’s not gonna do raids at churches anymore, and it makes me so angry. Because of course he isn’t, because Pokemon Go isnt worth possibly being shot by the cops.
And okay, I can see maybe some churches aren’t thrilled with having people hang out in their parking lot for 15 minutes poking their phones, maybe they think it’s disrespectful, although tbh I dont see why. But even given that, you’re a fucking church, turn the other goddamn cheek like Christ fucking told you to and dont do something that might end up getting an innocent person SHOT.
(Edited to add: we’ve done i would guess thousands of raids between us. This has never happened to an all white raiding group. I’ve been on one raid where some church people came out and asked nicely what we were doing and we explained, and said we’d be done shortly, and they said fine, and that was that. Otherwise never even had anyone look at us funny)