Are Things Really This Bad?

Regaining perspective while fighting injustice

Jeffrey Kass
ILLUMINATION

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A white conservative friend recently asked me if I thought everything was about race.

I smiled and said, “Of course not! Just the things I write about.”

We both laughed, but it got me thinking.

CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and the other so-called news outlets and online platforms are designed to do one thing:

Inform us about all the awful things taking place in the world.

Pain, suffering, injustice and trauma sell.

Good doesn’t.

In our immediate news cycle, we know the second anything goes wrong.

Social media algorithms feed us more and more information that support our existing worldviews so that we each grow angry and despondent. We clamor for more and more of the same information, like an addict who’s running out of drugs.

If you follow social justice pages or have searched Google for coverage on racism, then you’ll be fed a steady diet of all the worst racist things taking place — every time a Karen is caught on video. Every time a police officer mistreats a Black man. Every time a store manager is racist to a shopper. You’ll know about it. The media piles these…

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Jeffrey Kass
ILLUMINATION

A Medium Top Writer on Racism, Diversity, Education, History and Parenting | Speaker | Award-Winning Author | Latest Book: Black Batwoman V. White Jesus | Dad