Keep Your Hands to Yourself.

Keep your hands to yourself. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. Who hit who first would not matter if people simply respected everyone else and kept their hands to themselves. That’s what’s ideal, right? Too bad we do not live in an idealistic society. The Ray Rice “controversy” (if you can even call it a controversy) has caused an uproar… in my newsfeed, that is lol. I’ve seen some pretty ignorant posts. I’ve seen some thoughtful posts. I know a lot of people are tired of the conversation BUT I think it is important to talk about domestic violence rather than continue to sweep it under the rug. We don’t like talking about issues that really matter. Is it because it is mostly viewed as a “women’s issue?” *#kanyeshrug

The only thing I want to emphasize is that there is NO excuse for what he did. I understand people are raised in an abusive environment and may think things are normal… but come on. He’s an adult. He’s grown. He ought to know better by now unless he has been living under a rock. My view is that putting your hands on someone is a last resort, self-defense measure. When you have the opportunity, you WALK away. He had plenty of room and opportunity to walk away or even restrain her if necessary. Yes, she was wrong for slapping him. I whole-heartedly agree. And perhaps in that moment, he should have said, “You’re tripping, I’m going for a walk,” or something along those lines. We don’t know their history or what happened prior to them being outside of the elevator. We are merely spectators. All we see is what was provided in the video. And my conclusion remains the same: both of them should have kept their hands to themselves. We’re taught that as children. Let’s take it with us to adulthood, mmkay? 🙂

As for the consequences for his actions… Phew. That’s another blogpost that can go in so many directions. I don’t even want to talk about how problematic it is that people are actually defending his actions (i.e. if you’re bold enough to hit a man you deserve to get hit back). So I’ll leave that alone… for now.

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