Respect The Grieving, Because Social Media Hate Isn't The Solution

In light of the recent shootings of both Alton Sterling, and again last night with the death of Philando Castile, I can’t help but feel completely heartbroken, and disgusted all at the same time.

Last night I was scrolling through my Facebook feed per usual, and couldn’t believe the amount of hateful, disrespectful, and just ignorant memes, videos, posts, etc. that were bombarding Facebook over the Alton Sterling shooting. While there were beautiful quotes, images, etc. being shared in his honor, there were far too many memes blaming this man, blaming cops in general, blaming black people, blaming white people, and the list goes on.

While you are allowed to have your own opinion (despite not having all of the facts of this case), and I am allowed to have mine- aren’t we forgetting about the families that are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father, and friend. What about the fact that despite what political stance, opinionated meme you want to throw on your social media, or what have you, there are still people who not only lost their loved one but have to witness it all over the media.

While I find no need to go into who is right, wrong, what the facts are, etc., I do find the need to remind you that there are two grieving families out there who could use your compassion and respect, not you sharing opinionated and hateful posts about the incident.

Imagine if it was your Dad, brother, husband, or friend who was shot and killed. Use your social media for the good, not for bashing this, that, and the other one. Have respect for a grieving wife and mother, kids who just lost their dad, and a frantic girlfriend (in regards to last nights shooting).

Yes,  we need to do something different. Things need to change. But maybe that can start with you, right now. Remember what you post online says a lot about the person you are behind that computer or phone.


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