I’d like to take a moment to deviate from what I initially intended to write about on today to address what’s been going on in the media. Let me just start by saying that this past week has been horrific. That’s the only way to describe it.
Mentally, I was (and still am) really messed up in the head about all that has taken place. I logged into Facebook one afternoon last week and I was bombarded with the news that another black male had been killed by a police officer and it was caught on tape yet again.
I scrolled down further to find out more.
When I got to the video that someone had posted, I questioned whether I even wanted to open it or not.
From that moment on things only got worse. Facebook statuses, reposts, retweets, new links to click on, new videos. It was all just too much.
In the past times that this has occured I’ve never once written a status, changed a profile pic, shared a video, or hashtagged anything concerning the matter. Does that make me a bad person? Does it mean that I don’t care? Or that I’m unaware of what’s going on? Certainly not.
In times like these, in the age of social media platforms, everyone has the opportunity to voice their opinions openly and publicly so that people will know just how they are feeling on the matter, which is not always a good thing. Most of the time people rush to social media to say what it is that they “have” to say while thinking very little about the words that they put out there.
So my question is, “Should you (as a blogger) address social tragedies?” This is primarily a question that I asked myself. Should I say something or just keep quiet?
I think the problem lies in feeling a sense of obligation to address social tragedies. A lot of us will respond out of guilt and fear, believing that if we do not say something or speak out then we will be condemned for it. That’s the wrong motivation. Speaking to rid yourself of guilt or to supposedly “get yourself off of the hook” provides nothing except vain words. Do you even mean what it is that you’ve said? Do you really intend to take action on the matter? Then why use your platform to utter vain words?
If you are truly sincere in your words and in your heart feel a conviction to offer words of love, peace, and wisdom, speak out. But if your words produce nothing but anger and further infuriate those who have already been effected negatively by the situation, then it’s probably best to remain quiet.
“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! – Proverbs 15:23
“The Lord God hath given me a tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to to him that is weary…” -Isaiah 50:4
“There are many injustices in the world. Find your conviction and stick to it.” -Stephanie J.