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What happened to reason?

I've breached my breaking point and I'm just wondering if I'm the only one. It appears that the only only way to show how against something you are is to condone the most radical punishment possible as vocally as possible. There's no need to consider facts when there are principles at stake and I just can't take it anymore.

What I've become the most tired of is this opportunistic moral outrage. You're against rape? Not nearly as much as me! I think we should castrate all sexual offenders. Don't bother pointing out that public urination can be considered a sexual offense, we've got principles and vague language to uphold. You think you're against child rape? I still have my torch and pitchfork and am prepared to be up-in-arms over anything Penn State. We raised $12 million for pediatric cancer? Fuck it, I was going to try to make the typical ignorant comment here, but I just can't do it. Those people really need to fuck off. And let's not forget racism. An ignorant asshole that everyone knows is an ignorant asshole makes a racist comment in private? Clearly he must be forced to sell his team. My only regret is that we can't take it from him without any compensation at all. I mean, that's reasonable right, forcing an owner of an NBA team to sell his franchise because he made stupid comments in private?

I understand the first amendment. I understand that these and many more topics are extremely sensitive and carry a lot of weight, and I'm not trying to diminish or challenge that. I know that there are victims, parents, friends and family who have suffered because of all of these issues, and I think we can all sympathize with them. But what really pisses me off with these topics and practically anything that causes outrage is that 98% of the people condoning the most extreme punishments are people that move on to the next outrage as soon as it's popular. Apparently child abuse was eradicated before Sandusky and racism was extinguished before Sterling. Let's all just be thankful that sexism has been dealt with successfully. I can claim that because there hasn't been a high-profile scandal about it, right? And there's certainly no problems with inequality regarding sexual orientation since it hasn't resulted in any mainstream outrages.

This was a very long-winded way of saying that I'm just sick of people that think they're making a stand because they're screaming the loudest. I'm tired of the most ignorant voices getting the most attention (looking at you Jemele Hill). And I'm tired of the blatant hypocrisy of willful ignorance. None of these issues are anywhere close to being resolved and this cycle of outrage, punishment and self congratulation does nothing to make progress. If anything, it only serves to enable the problems. The first step in aiding with any of these issues is to first get educated on the issue at hand, and as long as the majority of people only invest themselves to reading headlines, that education doesn't happen.

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