Greetings Goblins and Ghouls!
Whatever you decide to do for Halloween, it is our hope that you do it safely and have fun! It's always a pleasure when my favorite holiday falls on the weekend. It makes it so exciting. I'd love to see your costumes, so please email me your pics. You can do so by using the comment section on the right hand side of the blog.
Ok, so let's get to it! We live in a society today where there's so much information to be had and given, everyone has an opinion about something. You agree or disagree, but not matter what we're entitled to our opinion. I realize that many people don't seem to understand how opinions work. It's almost as if some of you think opinion is fact and there's a vast difference.
Recently, a female teen was pulled from her desk in her classroom for failing to put away her cell phone. The video of that incident went viral and there have been a gazillion opinions regarding this latest round with law enforcement. When I first saw the video, immediately I'm thinking why in the hell is this officer doing this to that child, but when I dug further into the story, certain pieces of the puzzle came into focus.
As harsh as it appears the officer was being with the student teen, I do not agree with how these events have played out. When I learned this student was asked by three different administrators in her school to please put away her cell phone, and she refused, the officer was called in to have her forcibly removed. The key word being 'forcibly!' I know many people say it doesn't matter what she was doing prior to the officer placing hands on her, I totally disagree with that argument.
Once again, as I've blogged about before when dealing with law enforcement, there are two sides to it. For those who argue it doesn't matter what this student was doing that prompted school officials to call in the law, is downright outrageous. It has EVERYTHING to do with this whole matter. Had this student put away her cell phone, I wouldn't be talking about this, and neither would you. Now, did the officer use excessive force to remove the student, yes he did, but once again, this student put herself in this position. You can disagree, argue and tell me and everyone else we're wrong for our assessment, the bottom line is, it's my opinion and you do not have to agree with it!
So imagine my surprise when I learned that, once again, Raven Symone made similar comments about this student. She wanted to know why she didn't put away her cell phone when asked by her teacher? The next thing I know, I'm on Facebook reading all these horrible comments that Raven is an "idiot" and should be "slapped" for her comments and that she doesn't know what she's talking about. So one may wonder what do these outraged, angry people do? They get a petition to have Raven fired from The View, and astonishing as it may sound, there are thousands upon thousands of signatures surfacing on this Petition.
She said the exact same thing I did, and yet the public is calling for her to be removed from her job because of her "opinion!" People listen, you do not have to agree with anything Raven says, but to mess with this woman's livelihood all because you think she's an embarrassment to her race is downright wrong! I don't get it! So you don't agree with many of the things Raven says, that doesn't give you the right to say she should be fired. You may have conversations with your coworkers wherein some of them may not agree with your view, should you be fired because of it? If you answered no, then why do you think it's ok to have this woman fired all because you don't like what she says? If you don't like what she says, stop listening to her. Turn the damn channel, but don't take it to this level.
There are plenty of shock jocks on the airwaves that have said a million things worse than Raven ever has, and I don't recall seeing and/or hearing any of you signing petitions for them to be removed from their positions. I listen to all types of news media and many times I don't agree with the commentaries, but guess what, I don't have to agree. Do I get a petition to have some of those individuals removed from their jobs? Ah, NO!
If Barbara Walters were to remove Raven based on what this Petition states, then what that tells me is Freedom of Speech applies for some and not all. I get it people--you don't like Raven! Guess what? I could give a damn. You don't have to like her, but what you don't have the right to do is try to mess with this woman's coins because you don't like her opinions. What's the matter, are her opinions hitting a little too close to home for some of you? Does she cause you to think or force you to look at yourself in a way that is too truthful? If you think she's an idiot, that's your right. Should I draw up a petition for those of you who have signed this petition to have you removed from your job because I don't agree with what the masses is trying to do to this one woman? Would I be right, in your eyes?
I'm not saying that I always agree with what Raven says either, but I damn sure give her the respect to speak her mind, just as I would want her to do the same for me. Why is it the rules are ok for some celebrities who go way overboard, and then others, you want to degrade and have them fired from their job? Did any of you file a petition for Stacey Dash and Lord knows that sister causes me to pause many times, but, once again, she's got the right to think the way she wants and say what she wants, and trust and believe, I don't agree with her views, but I respect her right to both.
All I'm saying people is be fair in your anger. Don't just pick on Raven when God knows she's not the only one making comments and statements that I find suspect. Even when someone's statements makes my eyebrow rise, I just say hey, I don't agree, but that's their right. Why can't the rest of you do that? What Raven says isn't the gospel, it's just her opinions. If you can accept opinions from others, what makes her any different? If you want to show your displeasure, stop watching her show and don't partake in her conversation. Then, if The View's ratings drop, perhaps the network will have just cause to either let her go or get rid of the show, but to single this woman out just because she says things that piss you off, I'm not feeling that, but then again, that's my opinion!
On this day of Halloween, who needs to worry about a coyote howling at the moon, or ghouls and goblins floating up from the grave or witches flying around on a broom--when you have people who can decide your fate based on her own opinion, that's terrifying. If you aren't scared by the tactics of the social media masses, you should be. You better be careful of the people you go after, perhaps something you say could have you in the same boat. And that, folks, is scary as hell!
Until next time, Happy Reading!
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer
Pick and Choose Your Battles Carefully!