As many of you know, social media of late has been a mine field of posts and tweets about politics, war, misogyny and human rights violations. Ever since the American election -both pre and post inauguration- has seen everyone from J.K Rowling, to celebrities, musicians and even the International Space Station (They offered a place for Trump on the ISS) are tweeting about equality and lambasting xenophobia and racism and any form of hatred which oppresses or silences another human being. It's pretty awesome-yet equally questionable. Both sides - those that spew hatred and those that stand up for the vulnerable and oppressed- are inexorable in their beliefs. As people continue to engage back and forth do they risk coming out the bully themselves and can we tell the difference? By sticking to our beliefs and how we choose to argue them- do we risk alienating others and potential dialogue?
I am definitely on the side of standing up for equality. I have definitely made the odd joke about President Trump and shared witty posts from others that have equally done the same. But where do we draw the line whether it be making jokes or responding to someone who is posting hateful vitriol? When do we, the champion of human rights, become the bully ourselves?
Where do you draw the line when you see oppression, misogyny and hatred online?
Do you think posting or sharing jokes can help us collectively deal with the above or do we risk being as bad as the those that spew hate?
What can we do to stand up for the oppressed without resorting to playing the same games as those that oppress?
Is staying silent best and what are your boundaries in determining when that should be?
Please share your thoughts below!