Kashina Harper, a store clerk in St Louis, MO, hit live on facebook when an officer was shot in the store. She has since received death threats and vile comments, even after the video was removed. She later apologized and said she was not sure why she posted the video. The video did show her trying to comfort the officer and call for help.
Although posting the video of the aftermath of the shooting was perhaps in questionable judgment, I can imagine why she may have done it. First, with all the distrust of police in the black community, having a record of events is probably a commonly-accepted practice. In this case, however, the officer acted appropriately but was shot and killed.
Second, taking video seems to be the first thought at most activities today. Go to a concert, restaurant, or any public event. Then tag yourself, your pictures and video on social media.
I feel empathy for Ms. Harper after experiencing a similar albeit on a smaller scale level of online bullying after I opposed Mike Vick’s appearance at a recent football camp. I was called racist, told to die and many other unpleasant things.
With all the pressing issues today, from kids being kept in cramped, dirty, lice-infested camps without adult supervision to the environment being destroyed by regulation rollbacks, do people have nothing better to do than harass others online?
What possesses people to think that because they are typing behind a screen rather that interacting directly, they have the right to speak to a stranger as if they’re subhuman? How did this become acceptable enough that people behave this way and don’t give it a second thought? Is it technology? Is it the current political climate and leadership? I don’t know the answers, but I know it’s not acceptable. Maybe Melania Trump should focus her Be Best non-bullying program on adults rather than children.