24/7 Challenge

I wrote this three years ago and it recently popped up in my memory (digital). I was a realist when I posted this, but still had a little hope. 

Now, in 2017, fake news is the campaign our current president is holding on to as his ignorance clings to his uneducated fan-base. It has been intertwined in real news since and it’s to a point where many don’t trust the difference between what’s real. It’s crazy when you can pull something up from years ago and that shit is still relevant. See what happens when you don’t share?

On a brighter side, I am glad to see some of the media finally pushing back.


 

A couple of weeks ago, I came across an article that was reporting the acquittal of an NYPD officer. It was said that a baby was dead due to a confrontation the officer had with its mother. My heart sank. On top of everything going on with police officers across the country, how could a small baby die at the hands of those who serve and protect?

Until I really thought about it. Things in the article just didn’t add up. I decided to do my own research. It didn’t take long for me to find out it was a hoax.

Great timing.

Seriously, kudos to the person that snuck that fake article in amidst the chaos between civilians and law enforcement. Sad part is, while it helped fuel the fire, it’s only a small portion compared to the influence the internet has on us. No longer are we fueled by information, rather how information can get a rise out of us. Most don’t check. Most just assume.

There has been a lot going on today. Rape, murder, war, the annihilation of ever satisfying the smallest part of us. The assumption that every human thought should be the same when clearly it won’t. The use of social media to purposely spread lies. While it is nothing new, we can no longer turn a blind eye to anything as even the blind can’t ignore it.

This is no longer just about slanted views. That will never change. We are humans. We will never be perfect. Therefore our objectivity will never be perfect. We shouldn’t expect someone who depends on a job to live to choose your thoughts over their income.

Remember, covering news stories is a career. Do you really think a person could look their child in the eye and say ‘No dinner tonight. I chose to go against what my boss believes makes my company successful so now I’ve been replaced.’

No. While some people do take a stance, that kind of thing is usually only seen in movies. And please look at that statement relatively and realistically.

The reality is it’s just that easy to find someone eager to be in their place. And people know that.

Ask analysts of CareerBuilder, Indeed, Sologig, Robert Half Technologies, to name very few. They could tell you that someone wants a job all the time.

So why do we assume everyone with no job or in need of assistance does not want to work?

Who am I to assume I know your life better than yours? I ask you the same question. But we do it every day. We assume that everyone with a healthy income chooses not to be a good human and work hard for their life, just as we assume that the poverty stricken human spends their time trying not to be efficient with their time. Can we agree on each side that that is not always the case?

We conclude that because of social media and the news, we know exactly what’s going on. Almost as if all humans were privy to the information that keeps us alive. If that was the case, we would never fear for our lives. But is that the case? Ask yourself can that really be true. Then ask yourself how you know.

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Why is it when we suspect race played a hand in a crime, someone assumes a race card has been played? Has it really worked in our favor yet? No. If you saw a dangerous pattern, whether the conclusion was true or false, would you ignore it? If your answer is yes, I am disappointed.

More importantly, why when we feel an injustice has been served we resort to injustices in our own community? We are here for you. Why are you here only to exploit? Does violence bring a final solution? If so please point me in the right direction.

Please don’t let the actions of ignorance cloud the actual problem. We don’t want your pity. We want your understanding. Why is it so hard to believe that racism still exists even if it is a smaller percentage than the past? And please don’t assume that we don’t have a slight understanding as to why the fear is still prevalent.

I get scared too. I pass judgment before I know. So I can conclude other people do too. My saving grace is that my reaction against someone will never be based on an assumption. I know we cannot say the same for some.

How do you conclude something you can’t fully understand? How can we assume our success in a position we’ve never been in? Better yet how can we do all that but have no valid suggestion in how to change something for the better? How can we complain when we do nothing to help? Why when we no longer have facts to back up an argument we result to naming calling and superficial ridicule. Are we not adults? Is this what we call leading by example?

So many tragic events going on everywhere, whether shared on our electrical God or ignored because it wouldn’t satisfy the financial appetite of an organization. But are we helping or just arguing why our position is the correct one? Then ask yourself is it working.

I challenge us for the next time we come to a conclusion, to ask ourselves, do we know all the facts? Are we confident that there can be no flaws? Do we really know or do we internet know? There is a difference. Please keep that in mind when you share.

This is not a 24 hour challenge, rather an everyday challenge. Take the lead and stop this nonsense the world continues to bring upon themselves. It’s only killing us. Literally.

Even if a few people continue to challenge themselves to use knowledge to brainstorm and not resort to lies and name calling we will move in a better direction. I challenge us to make sure that sharing the facts supersedes the sharing of same-side information.

The people that have to clean this up are begging you.

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