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Social Media & The Neutering of Meaningful Discussion

For weeks, the controversial killing of Michael Brown and  subsequent refusal of a grand jury to bring the white police officer who killed him to trial was at the forefront of American consciousness.  Folks in Ferguson reacted passionately and loudly, the figurative and literal flames of civil unrest burning for days; similar but more restrained demonstrations fanned out across the country.

Those far removed from the urban centers where the protested injustices take place took to social media to passionately change their Facebook avatars and adamantly share text-based images about freedom or equality or something else tangentially related to the details of what took place in Ferguson that night.

#handsupdontshoot

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Ferguson : The Right Fight, The Wrong Time

Our world is, has been, and always will be populated by two factions: those on the right side of history, and those that oppose them.  Over time, thankfully, the right side prevails – the world is a more tolerant and enlightened place today than it was even a single year ago.

Pushing social norms toward the light requires strength and dedication from the enlightened to expose injustices to the masses that are ignorant or indifferent to their existence.  Just as critical as that strength and dedication, though, is discretion.

The righteous seek to educate those clinging to notions of propriety that are innocuously outdated or shamefully based in hatred that need to be converted.  The only effective way to convert them is challenging their prejudiced views and opinions with facts and sincerity.  The best approach is to nullify all their counterarguments by systematically revealing their flaws; the change will not be instant, but given time to reflect the wrong-minded will hopefully shift their worldview.

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