Steve Kerr argues some blame goes to social media for the American divide
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has provided a rather rousing statement with regards to the current socio-political situation in the nation. According to the three-time champion coach, the advent of social media has played a significant role in how the United States has been polarized in the midst of all the social controversies that has transpired of late.
Kerr voiced his opinion in a recent interview with David Aldridge of The Athletic:
“Frankly, I think the social media aspect of it is a big reason, one of many reasons, for the divide that exists in our country,” he said. “It’s so easy to just type words behind a computer or a phone, and write things that you would never say to another human being.”
The Warriors coach is not wrong here. Despite all of the benefits we’ve all reaped from the rapid advances of technology in the past decade or so, it’s hard to deny how this has a dark side as well.
One of which is, as Kerr points out, the luxury of being able to hide behind one’s keyboard. Sure, this provides everyone and anyone with an accessible venue to raise one’s voice, but at the same time, it also allows us to be less careful with the statements we utter online. After all, there is no face-to-face interaction, and we are not required to face (literally) the consequences of whatever we do on the internet.
For his part, Kerr has been very vocal about how he disagrees with the government in terms of how its handling the issue of systemic racism. He himself has been using his own social media accounts as his platform, but this statement from him is a good reminder of how we should all pay much mind to our actions online.