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Disabled individuals targeted?

It goes without say that we should all be entitled to medical care. For some people, this form of care means life or death. However, in all the splendor joys that 2020 has already provided us, we are finding that, for many people, medical care is outright being denied. In fact, for specific groups of people, they aren’t even being allowed in the door before being asked to leave the facility. Why? It all boils down to the mask mandate. I understand that many people will disagree with this article. I also understand that I will most likely catch a lot of grief for writing it, however, I simply refuse to sit back and watch as specific groups of disabled people continue to be targeted, denied their basic right to medical. After all, we have already seen other rights be stripped away, we’ll get into that also.

Mask Mandate

First, and foremost, it is important to understand that the mask mandate is that: a mandate. Although many people will try to claim this to be law, it’s not. The difference in a mandate and law comes down to a variety of factors, how it came to be is among them. While state and federal laws get run through every government house known to man, the mandate had never undergone such a process. Basically, this makes it unenforceable by law enforcement, though they are attempting to enforce it anyway. The issue in them enforcing it can be chalked down into what the very definition of their occupation: to uphold and enforce the law.

Initially, the mask mandate was a suggestion. Never intended to be required, the government composed a list of “safety” procedures for people to follow, if they so wished. However, what we ended up seeing completely opposed this initial stance. In a progressively slow measure, this request grew into the mandate. Some of the “safety” guidelines are as follow:

  1. Stay at least six feet apart from one another. Apparently, we are facing the only known virus in history that has a travel distance of six feet.
  2. Wear a mask. This is something we are going to really get into shortly.
  3. Avoid large crowds. Goes back to the whole six feet portion.

Enforcement vs. your rights

In enforcing this potential violation to the constitution, as well as civil liberties, we have seen the outright measures our very own government are willing to take. In the past several months, we have seen churches forced into closing their doors and their ministers arrested upon refusing to do so. If you aren’t well versed in the Constitution yet, let’s just recap, shall we?

Under the first amendment, you have the right to free speech, the press, religion, and so on. In regards to religion, the amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Hence where their idea of enforcement now becomes a problem.

By forcing religious institutions into closing their doors, they directly violated the first amendment. Regardless of the reason as to why this was done, it changes nothing in regards to the result. To take it further, those who refused to cease practicing within their religious institutions, were simply arrested. Never, in the history of the United States, has a minister been arrested for refusing to terminate their religious practices; of course, this is no longer a truthful statement.

Within the mask mandate, there are exemptions that must be noted. It is these exemptions that have lead to this article. The exemptions within themselves aren’t the problem, it’s how businesses treat individuals who are exempted that has become the problem.

  1. pre-existing respiratory conditions.
  2. seizures
  3. sensory disorders, such as those associated with autism.

The above are only a few examples of things that are exempted. Regardless of this, corporations, and even medical facilities, are making blanket policies that force everybody, exempted or not, to wear these masks. Furthermore, for those who are exempted, there doesn’t appear to be any form of help with fighting these illegal policies. So, let’s go ahead and arm our disabled friends with a few pieces of legal information that may be of assistance.

The ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is quickly becoming a critical law to know. Within this law, there are protections that could translate into the enforcement of these corporate policies, as well as the mandate itself though the mandate has exemptions for this very reason. The two titles that we are going to specifically focus on are II and III of the ADA.

Title II

“Title II applies to State and local government entities, and, in subtitle A, protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title II extends the prohibition on discrimination established by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, to all activities of State and local governments regardless of whether these entities receive Federal financial assistance.”

Title III

Title III focuses on private businesses (also known as public accommodations). All new construction and modifications must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For existing facilities, barriers to services must be removed if it is readily achievable. Public accommodations include facilities such hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters, grocery stores, hardware stores, dry-cleaners, banks, professional offices of health care providers, lawyers, and accountants, hospitals, private bus or train stations, museums, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, places of education, day care centers, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, gymnasiums, health spas, bowling alleys, and golf courses to name a few.

To read this in its entirety, please visit this link.

Essentially, these titles prevent corporations, etc. from denying disabled individuals services solely on the grounds of their disabilities. For those who are being denied, as we’ve recently seen, this act will quickly become your best friend in fighting these unjust policies.

The mandate has been met with such controversy that lawsuits are currently ongoing. States such as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Texas are just a few states to mention. Rather or not you are for, or against the mandate, one thing must be clear: For the disabled individuals who cannot wear such devices, life has become a much more difficult challenge than what was ever needed. Rather it requires a revocation, overhaul, or even clarification of the mandate, to resolve the issues that are apparently present, it is, without a doubt, that action must be taken.

Jacob Blake: shooting review

Update

It’s been discovered that Jacob Blake had a warrant. It’s possible this may have played into his encounter with police. Photos sent to us by an anonymous source

This article is my review of the shooting. In it, we have the video, as well as screenshots from that video. You may, or may not agree with my statements. Ultimately, it is up to you to make your own conclusion.

The video of the shooting.

From the video, we can see the events as they unfold. There are several problems that I have observed within the video, let’s just dive right into this situation.

Image one, showing the two involved officers.

From the very start of the video, two officers are seen holding weapons. While it is unclear if both are lethal force, we know that at least one officer has a pistol. At this point, Jacob is observed going to the driver side of his vehicle, where his children are currently located. Though one officer (left of the one pointing a weapon) maybe holding a taser, based on how he’s holding the weapon. I am left to question why the other officer has a pistol. At this point, Jacob shows no signs of aggression, though I cannot speak for events that may had arisen prior to the video.

Jacob makes a disasterous choice.

Upon arriving to his door, Jacob makes a choice that may prove fatal. For unknown reasons, he is seen bending to a 90° angle. While this may not seem like much, it was more than enough for officers to believe a threat was present. This is where things become very questionable. The officers are seen standing behind Jacob, placing them into a position of power. This means that, even in a hand-to-hand situation, the officers have the advantage as it is difficult to fight when your opponent is behind you. With this, I question the fact that this officer chose to open fire when he clearly could had taken Jacob down with no problem. After all, they are trained to do tactics such as this.

Even if Jacob had been reaching for a weapon, the officers would had been able to react faster than him. By the time Jacob could had grabbed the alleged weapon, turned around, and fired, he would had already been taken to the ground. This, if anything, demonstrates not only the flaw within their department’s training, but also a severe lack of competency from its officers.

Jacob attempts to get into his vehicle as the officer fires.

Seven shots were fired into Jacob’s back. In training, we are told to “fire to stop the action or threat.” After one, maybe even two, shots, any potential threat Jacob had posed, would had been eliminated. So why did this officer shoot seven rounds? Again, this is a reflection of incompetent training and officers. At this point, as he’s being fired upon, Jacob attempts to get into the vehicle. For this, I have three theories:

1. Jacob was trying to create a barrier between him and the officer’s hailstorm of bullets. The front seat, being the barrier, could had potentially stopped further bullets.

2. Jacob may had been trying to flee the scene. Bear in mind, he had children in that vehicle. These children already witnessed their father being shot, it is possible that he was trying to flee in hopes of getting them out of the situation.

3. Jacob was shot in the back, this os critical to understand. Vital organs, such as kidneys, liver, etc. could had been damaged. This means that, as he bled out, his vision, ability to walk, stand, or even speak could had been impaired. Sitting would had been his safest choice. If he was able to apply enough pressure to his back, he very well could had slowed the bleeding until actual help arrived.

Officers showing how little control they have.

As the gun toting officer fired, a woman is observed walking to the scene. At this point, the other officer has seemingly walked away. It is clear to me that these officers have very little self control, they can’t even control the location. In no respectful police agency would this woman be able to walk up onto a shooting scene like this. Where did the officer go? That’s a very good question.

The other officer returns.

Although the other officer did return to the scene, I am stunned to see that nothing is done about the woman. They just shot a man, her presence there paces her in immediate danger. The officers involved clearly lack the cobtrol to use their training, aside lethal force. They further demonstrate their incompetence by failing to secure the scene, something that is more apparant in this photo.

It is, with my own training and evaluation, that I believe these officers used excessive deadly force. Their position from Jacob gave them more than enough alternatives that a shooting could had easily been avoided. While an investigation will ensue, as per department protocol, I do hold my reservations as to rather or not justice will come. The key evidence to this will really boil down to one question: did Jacob have a lethal weapon to which he was attempting to retrieve? Based on the current evidence, within this video, I don’t believe that is the case. The fact that his children were literally next to him, in the very vehicle to which he was shot, only furthers my belief toward this.

What happens next?

It goes without say that inmates have a form of hierarchy. While those who are convicted of murdering police officers are generally at the top, those who harm women and children typically find themselves at the bottom. Recently, 25yo Darius Sessoms, decided to abruptly end the life of 5yo Cannon Hinnant, in front of his two sisters. The child, who was simply enjoying riding his bike, was tragically shot by the neighbor. Though the motive has yet to be released by the Wilson PD., the suspect was apparently friends with the family, having dinner and drinking a beer with the father the night proceeding the shooting. We have a grieving family, a deceased child, and a complete scumbag in custody. What happens now?

While the question may seem a bit obvious in that he would be granted a life sentence, we are going to discuss what prison will be like for Darius, as we said, he’s at the bottom of the inmate hierarchy. Upon being convicted, It’s very likely that Darius will sit in jail, in some cases, this can last for several weeks as he awaits transport. For him, this isn’t going to really matter, it’s not like he’s got a life outside the DOC system. During this time, sitting at the county jail, it wouldn’t be to farfetched to believe that something could potentially happen. Inmates within these facilities, have a habit of throwing their fists. As word regarding his conviction spreads, the number of inmates wanting to knock his teeth out will increase. In severe cases such as this, it’s not unheard of that the inmate be placed in solitary confinement as they await to be transported. Of course, while jail comes with it’s own risks, prison is where the real storm could be.

As you can imagine, prison has inmates of various crimes, many will never see the free world again. For a man such as Darius, these individuals will become his greatest threat. The general mentality of a “lifer” is this: “I am never leaving this place alive, I have nothing to lose.” But our would-be inmate, Darius, has plenty of time to figure this out. Upon arriving to the facility, he will go through the intake process. Just as he had in jail, he will get a “mugshot,” finger printed, clothing and various other items such as bedding, and finally he will get his very own ID card with his lovely photo on it. Once he completes the intake process, this is where things begin to change. Every prison has their own way of handing inmates once this process is completed. For this, I am going to detail what some of the facilities I worked at did.

Most likely, he won’t be put into general population, not immediately at least. Many facilities have an evaluation period, especially if the state has what they call an “intake facility.” An intake facility is a prison that is designed for new arrivals within the system. This means that every new offender, as DOC defines them, goes to this one facility prior to being relocated, if that is to be done. During this evaluation period, they are generally placed into a “maximum security” setting. What this means is they are locked down for twenty-three hours a day, aside from weekends when they are locked down for twenty-four hours. Every aspect of their life is controlled. Depending on the facility, they may get three showers a week, though some only do two. In order to leave the cell, they are cuffed and escorted by roughly two or more guards. If they opt-in for going outside (rec. time,) they get one hour. If the facility has cages, as they are generally called, the offender is uncuffed and allowed to walk around his own little piece of hell. If the facility has a secluded yard, they remain cuffed and closely monitored by officers. This process is generally a minimum of a month.

So, let’s say he’s passed that point and is now in general population. First and foremost, he will be placed into one of two categories: Medium security or Maximum security (which we explained in the previous paragraph.) The medium security yard gives the inmates much more freedom.  Though they remain supervised at all times, most long-term inmates have already figured out the advantages they have, especially if they are wanting to eliminate a child killer. If an inmate were to make this choice, it isn’t implausible that it would be carried out in the yard itself. If it’s monitored, why would they do this? Simple: There are hundreds, if not thousands of them at any given facility. Though officers walk the yard, there simply isn’t enough of them to cover every aspect of that location. By the time an officer would notice that a situation had taken place, those involved would had already fled the scene; as most of you can guess, there are very few, if any inmates, who are going to tell. Though it is likely to happen in front of one of the many cameras, most inmates, especially the “lifers,” have already learned how to circumvent that problem. After all, they have 24/7 to think up strategies on keeping various crimes hidden from the officers.

Presuming something like this happened, there are practices in place. Obviously, this scumbag would be taken to the medical ward and potentially transported to a nearby hospital, depending on the severity of his injuries. Upon returning, he will most likely be placed into protective custody. This means that he is removed from general population, placed into a maximum security unit, and becomes a thorn for some poor guard who is most likely already having a great day. This phase, protective custody, varies on a case-by-case level. While in this custody, an officer will conduct an investigation. They will question inmates, generally living in the same unit as the victim. They will then review camera photage. If the attack is on camera, great. If not, the case is generally left dormant, the victim eventually returned to general population, and the unknown suspect(s) gets to wait for another chance.

This article is all speculation, it isn’t saying that this will happen. However, this is a very real risk that Darius faces upon arriving at a facility. We wanted to present not just what this vile excuse for a man faces, but a little insight into how the prisons operate. The culture, the mentality, and so on, are completely different from that of the outside world. If you have worked in a facility previously, than you already know what it is that I’m talking about. Just as with any society, you have your “good” citizens. But, within this society, you also have your troublemakers. For a man, such as Darius, these are the people he will most likely come to fear. After all, as I have said, as far as the inmate hierarchy is concerned, he’s at the very bottom with the child predators.

If you want to read about a child predator, be sure to check out our previous article:

Sinclair hires sex offender, denies alleged comments made by him

 

The mask mandate: does it violate the ADA?

In email, PM, and amongst our team, this article has been a long time coming. We are going to be discussing the mask mandate and how it has cruely targeted individuals with disabilities. While we are aware that many people will not agree with this article, we believe the mandate to be in violation of the “Americans with disabilities act” (ADA.) While the mandate itself has exemptions, the many corporations who poorly enact this mandate also violate selective portions of it, thus our definition of violating the ADA.

Hollywood casino: Maryland Heights, Missouri

Doing something as mundane as going to a casino shouldn’t turn into a discrimination situation. For one woman, with various medical conditions, it did. Worst yet, she is allegedly not the only individual targeted by unfair, selective and enforcement of the mask mandate. She wrote us saying the following:

I walked into the casino. security stopped me and told me I could not enter without a mask. I handed them my dr. note and they called upstairs. They came back and told them they didn’t care about my Dr note but I had to wear a mask. Which that itself violates the mandate law in st louis. Health conditions are exempted on the mandate.

Wished to remain anonymous

She later informed us, via phone, that a relative of hers was forced to wear a mask. At first it seemed to be an “okay, whatever” sort of situation. She went on to explain that the relative is on an oxygen machine and had difficulty breathing as a result. To this, we requested permission to make mention of that ordeal within this article.

I attempted to contact the casino. I asked one simple question: “how many people have shown your employees doctor notes and was still forced to mask or leave?” The response I got was simply being hung up on, with no further communication. Upon recieving this response, I sent them an email (pictured at the end of this article) and am currently awaiting a reply.

Meanwhile, we were able to find some aspect of their policy. However, it says nothing in regards to disabled people. The policy we have found simply reads:

While the amenities our customers have come to know and love may be somewhat limited for the time being, the ability to safely welcome back our team members and guests remains our top priority. With this in mind, we worked closely with the Missouri Gaming Commission, state and local leaders, and public health officials to finalize comprehensive Phase I reopening protocols and new health and safety precautions. Our returning team members will be trained on these procedures and our guests will see reminder signage about them throughout the property. These new protocols include, but are not limited to, the following:

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Capacity on our gaming floor may be limited, but we do not expect this to impact the customer experience.
  • The installation of floor decals and signage to strictly enforce social distancing guidelines will be placed in areas where lines typically form.
  • Table game seating will be limited, and some slot machines will be placed out of service.
  • Live music, entertainment, convention, and banquet services will remain suspended.
  • There will be no large drawings, tournaments, or special events.
  • Restaurant offerings will be limited to Hops House, Hollywood & Grind, Phat Thai, Celebrity Grill, and Charlie Gitto’s.
  • The gift shop, fitness center and valet parking will also be closed.
  • Valet parking will be closed, and the parking area typically used for valet parked cars is available for self-parking. Additional handicap parking spaces will be added to both casino parking areas.
  • The hotel has reopened.

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Team members and vendors will be required to wear masks and will undergo a health screening each day, including temperature checks, prior to their shift.
  • Based on the ruling by the St. Louis County Health Department, and in order to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19, Hollywood Casino St. Louis will be requiring all persons in public areas will be required to wear a mask covering the face and nose. Patrons may remove masks temporarily while eating or drinking or when asked by casino staff for identification. Guests not adhering to these requirements will be advised of the requirements and warned that if they continue to disregard they will be asked to leave the property.
  • Slots and table games will be thoroughly and regularly cleaned throughout the day.
  • Sanitizer stations will be installed on the casino floor and be readily available throughout the facility.
  • Plexi-glass separators will be installed at the players club, cage, security podiums and other locations.
  • Citation: https://www.hollywoodcasinostlouis.com/covid-19

Loves Travel Plaza

In this day and age even a simple road trip has become problematic. One of the emails recieved regarded the national travel plaza, Loves. As of March 29th, the corporation began enforcing the mask requirements, with no regard to disabled people. While we had gotten an email of one situation, I had already planned to target this company purely based on what I have personally seen, even prior to their mandate. With that, I will now tackle two birds with one stone.

First, let’s review the email sent to us:

Hello,

My name is (redacted) and I want to see if you would write an article about what just happened to me. I was recently on a roadtrip from my home in (redacted) Tennessee, going to New Mexico. On this trip, I stopped at a Loves travel center in Hazen Arkansas. I needed to get fuel among a few other things. I have COPD, the image sent to you is my Dr. statement explaining why I am unable to wear a mask. I brought this into the store with me, just in case. I go into the store and am immediately stopped by an employee. He informs me that I must wear a mask to enter. I explain to him that I can’t wear one and offer to show him the note. He becomes more aggressive, tells me that he doesn’t care about the note. If I will not wear a mask, I must leave the premises. No gas, no food, and no pit stop, I leave. Thankfully, a nearby gas station was more than happy to have my business. I hope to bring exposure to how people like me are being treated, I hope you will help.

Email sent to our platform.

If you aren’t aware, the mask mandate does have exemptions to it. Autism, COPD, and those with various other medical conditions are classified as exempt. These businesses denying these customers entrance not only violates the mask mandate exemptions code, it is also a violation of the ADA, title II. Title II of the ADA reads as follows:

SUMMARY: This final rule revises the regulation of the Department of Justice (Department) that implements title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in  State and local government services. The Department is issuing this final rule in order to adopt enforceable accessibility standards under the ADA that are consistent with the minimum guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), and to update or amend certain provisions of the title II regulation so that they comport with the Department’s legal and practical experiences in enforcing the ADA since 1991. Concurrently with the publication of this final rule for title II, the Department is publishing a final rule amending its ADA title III regulation, which covers nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities. 

 Citation: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.htm

What Title II is essentially saying is this: a business cannot treat a person differently simply because they have a disability. Regardless of this law, that is what we are seeing. Under the illusion of “protecting the public,” people with disabilities and medical conditions are being barred from various locations. While public safety is a concern, it is alarming that certain people can’t even go shopping without being forced to violate doctor orders. At this point, it no longer appears to be a matter of public safety, but a situation of compliance.

Our email sent to Hollywood Casino 

Our former journalist: Official statement

As most of you maybe aware, for a short stint we had another journalist, Sarah. Her articles covered the BLM movement and ended with the Shane Dawson controversy. Because of a series of events, some being from her, we have been placed into a situation to which we must reply. This article is our official statement regarding her time with us, and afterwards.

War on Corruption, from the day we announced her being brought aboard the team, was met with mix reviews, primarily negative. Members of our team, myself included, began recieving various warnings regarding Sarah’s presence. These warnings ranged from her being a compulsive liar to her past with backstabbing her friends. I ignored these warnings, giving her a fair chance, although they did not stop coming.

Recently, she had undergone, what appeared to me as a smear campaign. Against the advise of our other members, I took the initiative to confront this problem. Placing the reputation of myself, and the platform, at risk. This choice came from what I had been informed, a specific man had spent months harassing her. Upon speaking to the former journalist via the phone, it was clear that she was on the verge of mentally breaking. Something I wanted to avoid if possible.

In a tweet, our former journalist was being harassed regarding her editing skills. A reply to this post mocked her for how she speaks, comparing it to “nails on a chalkboard.”

Before acting, I spoke to her, informed her of my plan, and she was content with that. At no point did she speak up about being against any action that was performed. Without her objection, I showed public information, the Facebook profile belonging to the man. It was, at this time, the false allegations of doxing began. At this point, I could only hope that the man, and his friends, were leaving our journalist, and friend, alone. However, things did not work out as planned.

Sarah abruptly left the team, telling nobody within the platform. Upon questioning her, she informed me that she had left due to mental health reasons, never indicating that there was a problem or concern (image below.) During this discussion, she requests the removal of a video, however it has never been specified as to what video she was speaking of.

In our final discussion, Sarah states her reasons for leaving, this reason was proven to be a lie. While she states that she mentioned this within a group, it is unclear as to what group she is speaking.

What I didn’t know, at this time, was while she had given me this reason, she had also gave a public statement, conflicting what was said to me. Within her statement, she calls the platform out for “doxing,” a false allegation as we had only shown what was publically visible. Upon calling her out, within a reply, the tweet was abruptly deleted, though she may had deleted due to a later action. However, we have a copy of this tweet.

In a now deleted tweet, she makes a point to slander the platform, part of why we had to make a public statement of our own.

While she claimed we had “doxed” a man who was harassing her, she later proceeded to do, by her own definition and not the legal one, the samething. This action raised many questions for me, including the tweet she had deleted. While I understand that many people have an issue with the individualwbo she exposed, those issues are best left for a future article. What does matter here is the fact that she slandered our platform, simply because we were trying to help her, and later proceeded to perform the very act to which she slammed us for.

Further investigation showed a plausible motive. It appeared that some of the people, a few had pre-warned our platform, and her had a falling out at some point. Her agenda was to make amends with these people, we have no problem with that. Our issue stems from the fact that she chose to throw not just me, but my platform, under the bus in doing so. This speaks many words for her ethics and morales, worst yet, it had proven all the warnings to be factual while disproving my beliefs of giving fair chances and innocent until proven otherwise.

Chris Hansen sparks controversy

Famous journalist, Chris Hansen, has apparantly enraged many of the people who came to trust him. The famous journalist, known for targeting child predators, had allegedly sold the rights for his Onision investigation. While Hansen has claimed it to be a move to gain more attention, the online community is simply not buying it. In one instance, Hansen even blocked an individual who was critical of the act.

Being critical of Hansen, Youtuber “Deity” makes his feelings known. He would later be blocked for this tweet.
In a tweet, “Deity” shows that he had been blocked by the journalist.

Controversies

Although Hansen has had years of experience as a television journalist, he hasn’t been without financial problems. Rather it be millions worth of debt, an arrest, it seems that things haven’t been fairing well for the journalist. It is for this reason, many within the online community speculated that the Onision investigation was a money ploy.

Although Hansen brought a form of momentum to the Onision situation, he hadn’t actually stated any facts that weren’t already available. At one point, Hansen attempted to interview the infamous Youtuber only to be met with local police. Meanwhile, some within the online community speculated this to be a problicity stunt.

Behind the scenes of the investigation, there was a boiling pot of controversy. While much of it was focused on his former employee, Vincent Nicotra, Chris wasn’t spared. Nicotra was infamously known for filing false DMCA claims, doxxing, hate speech, and so fourth. While all of this had been made public, it would take months for Hansen to act. Upon removing Nicotra, things cooled down a bit, but that wouldn’t last.

During the investigation, Hansen made claims that the FBI were investigating. However, when probed, he appeared to be evasive only stating that, “these things take time.” For a community who already felt betrayed, for many reasons, this wasn’t flying very well. The controversy didn’t end on that note, however.

Hansen selling the Onision story seems to have boiled the pot dry. Questions regarding the victims, who entrusted him with their stories, has become a common concern. It also raises questions into Hansen’s current investigation on “Dahvie Vanity.” In this aspect, people can’t help but wonder rather or not Chris will sell this story also.

While selling a story, even if it brings controversy, is common, blocking those who are critical is questionable at best. As a journalist, we are constantly under a microscope, people awaiting for us to slip just so they can berate us. However, doing a move that creates controversy and then blocking those who question it, leads me to question Hansen’s journalistic integrity.

Skai Jackson Is Outing Racists, But is She Taking It Too Far?

Skai Jackson is an 18-year-old actress and is best known for her work on the Disney Channel. Recently, Skai has been using her platform to expose racists, some of them being teens. This has garnered so much attention (both positive and negative) that Rowan University in New Jersey said that they would look into their students who post racist behavior online.

Recently, Skai recieved a twelve hour ban from Twitter due to reports claiming that she was harassing and doxxing teens. While Skai does give out screenshots on social media, as well as clips, of what they’ve said on TikTok, she has stated that she will never give out a person’s adddress. On June 5th she tweeted,

“Also, please don’t send me anyone’s address. I won’t be posting that.. these people have said horrible things but posting someone’s full address is going a little too far. Let’s hope they all live and learn from this situation and educate themselves.”

Some people have also given her the incorrect usernames in regards to outing racists. Skai addressed this on June 6th saying, “If you are sending me someone’s username PLEASE be sure you have it 100% correct. It’s not cool to blame someone for something they didn’t do.”

When it comes to outing racists, Skai made this statement on Instagram regarding why she’s begun doing so:

“During this sensitive time, I’ve seen some horrific statements and social media videos made by Caucasian teens/young adults. Let me say this: If I see you post it, I WILL expose you!! If you think you’re big and bad enough to say it, I will most definitely put your own words on blast!! Don’t reach out to my team of bullying and causing you pain! How do you think your words affect my people?! Your privilege won’t get you out of this one. So no!! I will not take it down! Next time, think about what you say! I will never condone racist remarks/ quotes/slander. You’re the real bullies! You’re victimizers, not the victims! Go boo hoo somewhere else!” #BlackLivesMatter

As someone who uses many social media platforms, including TikTok, I have personally noticed a horrible problem with racists on the platform, and so have many others. Yesterday, I made a video to raise awareness about a teen from Georgia, who had a suspicious death, named Kendrick Johnson. Not only have I been shocked at some of the comments denying that this never happened (I always tell them that this is real), but one person actually wrote, “Good. One less black.” I was about to report him, but TikTok had already removed both his comment and his account.

Also, Skai isn’t the only one doing this. Other people have posted videos from TikTok outing teens and their racist comments. But, there are people who have taken it too far. Again, this hasn’t happened only when it comes to Skai. People have been doxxing racist teens before Skai started doing this.

From what I’ve gathered, Skai is reposting what teens and young adults have willfully put online. I haven’t seen her give out anything but usernames. Which again, she addressed the problem of being sent the wrong username. It’s not doxxing if you yourself put the content out there.

So, while Skai hasn’t been the only one doing this, other people have been doing it for awhile. Skai is very well known, so with that, comes both more positive and negative attention. She has many people backing and defending her. There’s also several others who have accused her of being a “cyberbully” stating that she shouldn’t be targeting teens.

The issue I keep coming back to is that people have been doing this before her and no one batted an eye. But now that a celebrity is doing it, suddenly it’s a whole different ballgame. Could that be because even more eyes are on the teens and young adults who make these racist comments and thus get more attention for their hate speech, which unfortunately, leads to potential doxxing?

Should all the negative attention be put on Skai instead of everyone who has been doing this, or should we learn to face the reality that there are a lot more people than we realized who are openly racist and that it’s a lot more common, and tolerated, than we realized?

Source:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8395807/Skai-Jackson-exposes-teen-racists-Twitter-believe-people-ignorant.html

I also used some of Skai’s own Twitter account for quotes and information Please don;t send her hate.