What Would You Do?

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    Jun 19, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
    One of the many tragedies of the Charleston shootings is that it could have possibly been stopped if someone had just spoken up. Friends and family of Dylann Roof are now talking and reporting that Roof talked about wanting to do something to spark up a race war and wanting segregation reinstated. Others have said that he talked about how the black race was bringing the white race down. And yet, they all did nothing because they said they thought he wasn't serious. But what constitutes enough to go to authorities? Would you have turned him in for these statements? What if you believed one of your friends or family members could be plotting something like this? Where's the line between "joking" and making terroristic threats? (A poster here recently said the tv show he'd most like to be on was "Hunting Republicans:Shoot to Kill!" Is that cause for concern or just somebody trying to be humorous?) Personally, I'm not sure those statements by Roof alone would have sent me running to the authorities, especially if we were friends. But if I knew he seemed a little unbalanced and had just bought a gun with birthday money, maybe I would. As John Quinones would say, "What would you do?"
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    Jun 19, 2015 7:05 PM GMT
    ^ That fits it pretty well. I know I'm bad about growing numb after someone shocks me a few times, and the recent events don't help with that. I need to work on just speaking up when I hear the moderately offensive stuff; maybe if more people did that, the truly heinous sociopaths would be easier to spot, at least in real life. Wouldn't work here on RJ, though.
  • Apparition

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    Jun 20, 2015 1:59 PM GMT
    I dont think i could have been friends with that haircut.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 20, 2015 4:25 PM GMT
    Apparition saidI dont think i could have been friends with that haircut.

    Well, that's really the thing. If you were the sort of person who could be friends with someone like that, chances are you share at least much of his point of view. That pushes the actionable line way closer.
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    Jun 21, 2015 4:19 PM GMT
    I bloody cannot comprehend an such act of like this one , i just can't .icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif