Social media has become a lightning rod in today’s world of social justice. Regardless of the position one takes on a given situation/incident, social media – Twitter in particular – has arguably given an international voice to many disenfranchised people who have gone voiceless for far too long. If you’ve got a device, you’ve got a platform.
In this segment from ‘Last Week Tonight‘, John Oliver masterfully hits the nail on the head concerning the stunning situation going on now in Ferguson, MO. Like many Americans, I am dumbfounded at the images as well as the print stories coming out of there. I suspended initial judgment because personally, I don’t lead with emotion over facts. But, much more factual clarity has come to this situation over the past few days, including the results of a credible, preliminary autopsy that point to yet another ominous death of a black man at the hands of the police seemingly without reasonable cause, similar to that of Eric Garner. Things are still unfolding, but this information compels us all to pay MUCH closer attention to what occurred in Ferguson, MO concerning teenager Michael Brown and other jurisdictions as well.
‘I’d rather live in his world than live without him in mine.’ ~ Midnight Train to Georgia/Gladys Knight & the Pips
Many things will be said and written about Robin Williams in the coming days, so much so that I don’t even want to tune in. Pundits will rake over his emotional carcass for grist for their columns for months to come, grinding out every detail of his heartache for public spectacle. But personally, I don’t need to know all of that information. His death tells me enough about his personal pain; the rest is for his family to mourn.
Now that he is gone from what appears to have been a suicide, may his soul rest in peace. I will choose to remember him in the same manner as someone poignantly noted on Twitter this evening:
If you or someone you know struggles with depression, and may be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (@800273TALK) – 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It’s free 24/7.