Recently cases have emerged where accomplices and not just bullies were charged with committing the crimes. Although accomplices do not commit the actual act, they contributed to the consequences. For example, the Columbine shooters were the perpetrators of the massacre. However, the police made a clear statement to others who contributed to the event and helped the perpetrators in carrying out the criminal. Nevertheless, this article tries to examine 10 reasons why you should not be passive and ways you should speak up if in a situation where offensive jokes are made.
1. Part of the problem:
For a conversation to work, a speaker requires a listener. If you are the listener and do not back away from an offensive joke, you are contributing to the problem.
2. Silent Victims:
Silent victims are usually the victims of offensive jokes. They are the ones who cannot stand up to hatred and cannot defend themselves. It is your responsibility to stand up for them; otherwise you are downgrading their reputation.
3. Killing your soul:
You are hurting your soul for various reasons. The person who is making offensive jokes is not only killing his/her soul and the soul of the victim, but he/she is killing his/her listener’s soul as well. The listener’s soul is affected by your inactions.
4. Not a friend:
You are not a friend when you accept an offensive joke. Friends defend friends.
5. Silence is not golden:
By keeping silent you are agreeing to what is being said. You do not have to take action immediately, you may take action indirectly afterwards. For example, you may not want to affiliate yourself with people who are offensive.
It is often that you would see a hyperbole used to describe a situation that is tailored to someone specifically. For example, that is so gay, you are so retarded.
Many people have been charged for being accomplices for their lack of actions. Remember that all police treat accomplices as those who help execute crimes, are present at the time it is occurring and do not actually perform the criminal act. This means that if you are driving a robber of a bank from the scene of the crime and do not report him/her, you are considered their accomplice.
8. No need to be physical:
You do not have to be physical to tell the person offending that he/she is wrong. You may simply tell them that they were out of line. That is simple enough to make a point.
9. Numbs the wrong:
By being passive, you numb the wrong. You are telling the offender that it is okay to say the things they say as jokes.
10. Anything offensive is not a joke:
In reality anything offensive is not a joke. It belittles someone to the point where suicide is the case. Bullying is a huge issue. Do not become part of the problem; make a simple gesture to improve the Quality of Life.