“My family lives in the south of Spain. They are my uncles and my aunt, my mother's brothers and sisters. They never left home and never worked. They are now in their 50s, so they always had their problems, they “I always took my grandfather’s very outdated views, but they remained “conservative” and at least not totally racist and unbalanced. Then, a combination of the pandemic and the emergence of new far-right parties (a Nazi party called Vox) caused them to leave. balls deep into the QAnon rabbit hole (in Spain!). They say COVID is fake and all vaccines are bad, stuff about 5G (while being addicted to their phones), and even stuff about pizza pedophiles or how Trump is going to save them all (again once, without ever having left Spain).
“At first I tried to reason with them, especially my aunt who has a heart transplant. I know she liked and trusted her doctors, so I asked her what they said. But she just changed her mind. subject. I tried to reason with them. I told them that Trump wouldn't like them because they are tan and Hispanic, and I showed them the racism I endured in the United States, the things that they say about Hispanics. I have had a baby since and I just refused to see him and let him see my baby until he was vaccinated. I told them it was their choice , and if they trust some online hikes more than me, even if it hurts me, it's their decision, just like it's my decision to protect my baby. I'm sad, frustrated and sometimes baffled by the crap they say. The cognitive dissonance is just too much for me. I mean they were vaccinated as kids.
They are very isolated and bitter, and once my remaining grandparent passes away, I have no idea how they will survive, but as I know they would harm someone who is LGBTQ or belonging to a minority, I really don't care. I'm grieving, but it's more for the family I could have had, and no amount of grief will force me to give them a pass or forgive them unless they do a 180 in their opinions . In Spain the majority of the population have been vaccinated and wear masks when necessary, so they are really excluded by their own choice, but as their Freedom is more important, I hope they take advantage of it. This means I've lost a large part of my already small family, but I can't compromise my baby's health to respond to his crazy and hurtful opinions. At this point, it's not even just about the vaccine, but about the sexist, racist, homophobic shit they say. I don’t want my baby exposed to that.”