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  • Writer's pictureAli Assareh

Spread Knowledge, not Outrage!

Italy beat England 󠁢󠁥󠁮 in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday to be crowned Europe’s soccer champions.

In the penalty shootouts that decided the match, 3 English players - Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bakayo Saka - missed their penalties.

Immediately, and before anyone had had a chance to react, pundits warned that we should expect racist abuse to come the English players’ way.

When the abuse came, *it* became the news: People were rightly outraged, but inadvertently amplified the toxicity by simply reporting about how outraged they were - instead of counteracting the outrage & toxicity with knowledge & love.

For example, typical responses from my friends on my news feeds were (real life examples):

- “It’s already happening on Twitter!”

- “I knew we would be waking up this morning to headlines of racist abuse.”

- “I was stupid to expect anything else.”

But, spreading Knowledge is more powerful than spreading Outrage.

We get from the world what we put in.

If we amplify outrage & toxicity, we get more of them. If we amplify Knowledge & love, we get more of those.

Rather than spreading disbelief & shock, if we really care, we can write messages of love & support for Rashford, Sancho & Saka.

We can educate our friends & networks about their life stories, backgrounds, personhoods — who they are as people.

We can show them love & support.

The surface level “omg I can’t believe the world is still X 😱 😱 😱“ does not solve anything.

Let’s not be bystanders who add to the yelling; let’s be leaders who are examples of the change we preach.

Spread Knowledge, not Outrage!

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