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Public Service Announcement: Don’t Speak About What You Don’t Understand

Sep
15

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People have a tendency to speak without thinking. Nothing has made this more evident than Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the death of Robin Williams by suicide, and Ray Rice being suspended indefinitely from the NFL after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée in the face.

I understand that everyone has an opinion. My issue is when folks fail to consider the faintest possibility that this could happen to them.

Here are a few things I’ve heard in recent months on regards to the above events:

The police won’t shoot you without reason. He had to have done something to provoke the officer.

How can you just hang yourself? That’s selfish. I could never do that.

I wouldn’t stay around if my boyfriend/fiancé/husband hit me. Why did she stay? Why did she marry him? I bet it was the money that made her stay. She probably provoked him to him her.

That’s just a taste of the ignorance I’ve read and/or heard. People speak and/or type these opinion in a public space and have no clue who’s around to hear it.

There’s a point when opinions can easily become ignorant commentary. Please refrain from speaking about what you know nothing about.

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