A Brief Address On Baltimore And Social Media

When something bad happens in America, a bunch of people will rush to Facebook or Twitter to express their opinions, like this person;

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Or this concerned parent:

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Or they may write a heartfelt letter, like this gentleman:

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Now, we know there are peaceful protests amidst the chaos.  It’s just not good business for the media to focus on it.  I’m not posting these screencaps to  lambaste the general public of my Facebook.  I’m posting to show that a person’s death, a death that people have every reason to question at the moment, has been reduced to ignorant dribble.

As for the posting of Gray’s rap sheet.  Sure, it’s clear that the guy dealt drugs along with other offenses.  But does that mean this man deserved to die because of it?  In this case, does a man deserve to die when he carries a switchblade on his pants?  There are scenarios in the past that deal with neglect to those detained.  Anybody remember that kid who was held in a holding cell for 5 days?  What made our country great was the idea of equal justice and guaranteed rights; rights that seem to be garnished with layers of red tape.

As for the violent rioters riding the coattails of unfortunate events for their own benefit, what made protestors like King or Gandhi great was their inherent knack for empathy.  To defeat your adversary you must love them.  By using an event like this to loot and steal demonstrates, to me, a lack of empathy.

And as for the people on the internet, quick with their fingers to type up a rant.  I think it was Nietzsche who said “There are no facts, only interpretations.”  Subjectivity can be a burden sometimes.

It’s unfortunate when the actions of a few are the actions that some people form their opinions around.  What’s going on in Baltimore is a sorry affair that, at this rate, will further fuel animosity towards minorities in America as well as police officers.  Two factions forever doomed to repeat history.

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