Ugh. This is a complicated thing for sure.
Man did not evolve with cell phone in their hand.
Off topic for just a second, but I've got no idea how people get that damn video camera on their phone rolling so fast. Just now, for shits and grins, I started a timer, then picked up my phone like I was going to record something, had to think for a second where I wanted to go, opened my camera, thought "ok, where's video?" Saw the video button, pressed it and pretended to get something in my sites.
Took about 12 or 13 seconds total. Would have taken much longer if I was walking down the street, had to take my phone out of my bag, while listening to whatever was going on that I wanted to record. That said, it wouldn't even occur to me to record it, especially when someone was needing help.
What can I say? I'm old as dirt.
But Jeez Louise, some people must have there video recorder attached to their brain waves or something.
Anyway, yes indeed it's complicated.
Sure that woman was wrong for telling the 911 operator she was being attacked, when she wasn't. She was also stupid because she obviously saw the man was recording her. It's a good thing he was.
However, is no one allowed to have a disagreement, or share a moment, good or bad with another person, without it getting recorded, and worse, potentially going viral?
It's basically saying to everyone that they must, without fail be appropriate, woke, supportive of whatever is being presented by the other person, in other words, perfect and not human. Someone could whip that damn camera out at any moment.
I think it's really worse when you turn that camera on your own actions, like chic filet guy did.
Not just that he was talking to the wrong person, but more disturbingly, that he thought his words/actions were gold and that someone/everyone would be so impressed with his social justice warrior crap.
I may get lambasted for the following, and I understand why. I'm seeing myself both positively and negatively saying this. Especially considering the current climate.
People who after the fact feel the need to record themselves going over what happened to them. I mean sometimes, because it should go without saying other times it could be vital.
For instance, I think if a woman has just been raped, it could be very important to get a record of herself and her surrounding even before the police show up. And things like that.
But this story, I don't know if I can tell it right, but here goes.
I watched this video on FB, because this woman (white) had posted it saying "I don't know whether to be enraged or cry"
See, already I'm like, "oh god, here we go, there's obviously only one acceptable way to look at this, and I'm going to be told that repeatedly, and that I'm wrong"
the guy, a university professor, and black, had parked his car in the teacher lot, and was crossing over to a building when 2 police officers stopped him to question.
A woman nearby had just reported that she surprised a black man, wearing "a puffy jacket" and "knit cap" while he was trying to break into her house, and he ran.
Our professor was telling this story still in his jacket (puffy) and cap (knit). He was also of same height and weight.
Yes, he was obviously scared and very wary in view of current events. No doubt about that.
But the bottom line was the police explained why he was stopped, told him the description they had, asked him where he was coming from, going to and why, ID, etc.
No one touched him. They ID'd him and let him go on his way.
Yes. Yes. Yes. I get the context. I get he was afraid.
If I met the description of a person they were looking for, I could not say I would be surprised if I were stopped and those same questions asked of me. Who were the police supposed to be stopping and questioning? Someone who looks like me? Or someone who met the description of the person who reported this?
The part that got me though were the thoughts in his mind at the time. They were "how could they be stopping me, I'm a college professor. Why isn't someone coming out of a coffee shop and saying to the police That's Professor So and So! Why would you question him? I'm not wearing a puffy jacket. This is a quilted jacket, a Ralph Lauren quilted jacket. A woman hand knit this hat for me. I'll bet that woman couldn't name all the colors in the hat."
In truth, it sounded like a cliche of what a white dude would be thinking if stopped.
But, I apparantly am a 100% racist because they stopped a black guy, when a black guy with the same description was trying to break into a home.
Oh. I was also told a white man would never have been stopped and if he met the description of some white guy trying to break and enter. Who knew?
Ok folks, bring it on.