Hey guys so I am a child of an ancient decade. A time before social media was king and your opinions did not have to align with the socially accepted one to be valid. A time when people could agree to disagree and one party would not face loss of job or death threats for disagreeing.
That time is housed in a millennium separate from the one we inhabit presently. That time period is the ’90’s. Many children of the ’90’s may speak of how the decade embraced diverse thoughts; children of other decades may disagree. What both parties are likely to agree upon is that the 90’s allowed for more diverse expression of opinion than in the modern day.
Today “marching to the beat of your own drum” can get you fired from your job
ruin your business
or even get you banned!
Probably worst of all is being drug on Twitter.
A quick personal tale from me is one from a while ago. Remember the Jussie Smollet hoax? A quick refresher is that Smollet claimed to have exited his Chicago apartment at night in the middle of the freezing Chicago winter in order to get a sandwich from Subway. On his journey he was accosted by two Caucasian males who blatantly asked Smollet if “he was that gay n****r from Empire?” and upon affirmation TMZ reported “The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, ‘This is MAGA country.’ “.
When this story initially dropped popular opinion just believed it; because people just unquestioningly believe everything nowadays; but a few of us were like
this story doesn’t add up. So I commented under one of the Twitter posts expressing that I did not really believe the story and expressed the many holes in the story which led to my disbelief. The backlash I received for divulging my opinion was astronomical.. One would think that people were getting more for defending Smollet than a few likes and if lucky a retweet.
After receiving death threats and being called everything but a child of God I then did not receive any apologies after further investigation revealed that the claim was likely false.
But this did not bother me, neither did this silence me. I continued to comment adverse opinions on social media until recently. Recently, I realized the majority of people actually agreed with me but were frightened by the backlash that they would receive for publicly stating their opinion. After receiving this idea many times from various Twitter users via personal message I decided to do my part in ending that fear. In an effort to do so I decided to create my own safe space which is unbiased and welcoming of free thought!
Here you can call Beyonce’s dress ugly, you can think Pepsi is better than Coke, AND that you love America and people will not call for your head on a silver platter.
So keep your thoughts and Twitter page safe and refrain from commenting on a post, instead send thoughts over to firstname.lastname@example.org and comment here!