We’ve entered a new period in America’s experience, let’s call it “SnapChat McCarthyism”. Everyone knows SnapChat, right? Turns out, I don’t have Snapchat but I hear about it nonstop. I have a pretty good idea.
Show of hands: does everyone remember the term “McCarthyism”? Have a Google peak if you need to come up to speed.
In the past 24 hours we’ve had all kinds of tawdry news thrown at us: private Jeff Bezos photos; a Florida politician who resigned for “licking men’s faces”; poor Elizabeth Warren backtracking on her heritage. And, of course, VIRGINIA – my word. You can delete Snapchat posts, I hear. Otherwise, you may have a problem.
It’s convenient to apply modern norms to foolish, inane pranks – and pull the eject button. These are offensive, barbaric acts in some instances. No one disputes that. Some may veer into illegality.
I wonder what good comes from it all. I’m curious what person at their weakest, most vulnerable moment hasn’t made a dumb character choice they may have lived to regret.
“Whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.”
This isn’t an Apologist’s Do-Over Request; it’s an attempt to call for reflection. Are we more focused on righting past wrongs or fixing future problems. Is this inquisition making us any better as a nation.