How far is too far when it comes to hiding behind the 1st Amendment in the social media? I know most people have had a thought or opinion that they shared on some social media site, that caused them to be verbally attacked by others. Does it open up a dialogue or does it make people not want to express anything that might possibly be construed as offensive! I guess if it was always the latter I would not be writing this post! But I think many people in today’s time are fearful to even be on social media sites much less say anything that could be construed as offensive to someone else. Recently an attorney, 1st amendment activist and someone I respected got very upset with some kid in Dallas for making some very racist remark and threatened him. I asked him why he “cared” what some random guy thought. Needless to say I was immediately attacked, called ignorant and told I was just as bad as the kid for even asking someone why he hated antisemitism. In all fairness, I did not really ask him why he was against antisemitism, I could have figured that one out all by myself. I was asking him why this particular kid had struck such a cord! I was interested because of his threat to get the guy fired. I don’t think my question was ignorant or offensive because I really wanted to hear what this attorney had to say about the subject. Instead of using the forum to spread the reasons why social media should not be a tool in spreading hate, he turned his anger on me! And saying I was just as bad as a racist was really offensive! On another occasion, I posted on my Facebook Page that I was excited that Governor Perry had decided to run for President. I like Perry and I think he would have made a good president. All of a sudden, I got tons of responses attacking both Perry and me. The responses got really ugly and personal because people did not agree with me. No one has to agree with me and I know some people might not like Perry! However, when I deleted a few of the really rude posts, I was accused of censoring my own Facebook Page. I know that everyone has a right to say what they want (1st amendment and all) but not on my personal Facebook page. I do not understand why people think they have the right to use the social media to TRASH each other? I am trained to handle adversity, so neither of these events really upset me but they got me to thinking about the abuses that go on in social media. I am not a 1st Amendment authority but doesn’t this type of behaviour just seem wrong? On both occasions, I felt hated! Even though I had done nothing personally to any of these people. How is that right? When did we become a society that tolerates such bad behaviour? The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. I recently read about kids who use social media sites to bully each other. How is this any different from what we are doing to each other as grown ups? Remember that everyone has a right to their opinion and to not be beat up for it, especially if it does not hurt anyone else.