Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: Words Hurt, They Can Even Kill

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So, how are you doing? It’s been a long week over here. I don’t know if it’s the politics, the bad weather, or life in general, but this has been the longest week ever. I’m so over it. I just want to curl up in my bed with a good book. I don’t even want the TV on. I just want absolute silence.

Did you read this story about the woman who is responsible for the brutal murder of Emmett Till? You all, I’m so angry right now. She didn’t “fabricate” her testimony. She lied. Lied implies intent to do harm. Saying someone lied puts the responsibility for the action on the individual. To say her testimony was fabricated white washes (and I mean that phrase) what she did and absolves her of responsibility.

I remember seeing Emmett Till’s picture in Jet magazine when I was kid. The image of his battered body and his mother’s anguish have stayed with me all these years.

This is why it’s important for people to be called out on their words and, especially, their lies. Words hurt. Lies kill.

Some news outlets are saying they don’t want to call Trump’s words “lies” because they can’t read his mind and they don’t know his intent. They don’t know if he’s deliberately intending to mislead or if he’s truly forgotten what he said. I have a hard time believing that Trump forgets anything that he has said. He’s too self absorbed.

Maybe this is why I’m tired. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today we find out what we already knew: that woman lied, costing a young man his life. And we have a man in the White House who lies without regard for how his words may impact those around him.

I’m tired. And it has only been a week.

Talk to me, what’s going on in your world?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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