With the recent developments in the #JussieSmollett case, how should we react to those claiming they have been #victimized? How did you react and how do you feel today about your reaction? The media, politicians, and celebrities responded according to their own biases. Let’s learn how to react properly in today’s social media frenzy.

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How should we react to people that say they have been victimized? 

Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, 

Innocent until proven quilty vs the court of public opinion (social media)

Break: 15 mins

Does the larger culture influence how we react?

1. Historically racial tensions 
2. Current racial tension 
3. It happened before

Opinion: The hate Jussie Smollett is accused of faking happened to me

4. It’s personal (relate b/c of race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation)
5. Political football 

Break: 30 mins

Who are the real victims, when the report is false?
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1. The accused 
2. The next accuser
3. Our society – it creates for a division and battle lines.

How do to deal with Jussie Smollett? 3 levels

1. Societal – the collective (social media, mass media, career, legal system etc.)
2. Individual – you and me
3. Personal – friends

Terrence Howard – “The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years. It’s God’s job to judge and it’s ours to love and hope, especially for those that we claim to have loved.”

Are we judging Jussie or the truth of his statements or the consequences of his actions? 

Break: 45 mins

How should we react to people that say they have been victimized? 

Be noncommittal 

1. Thinking about your biases 
2. Giving time for things to clarify 
3. Hearing and acknowledging, but don’t condemning
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