It's no secret that all manner of recent news headlines, Twitter messages, and social media video posts have been filled with disquieting, often harsh and vicious epithets, rants, and screeds that have ethnic racial, religious, and gender targets.
It hasn't been pretty. Some of us have the ability to see past these nasty salvos. But for many, this steady diet of ugly communication seeps into our souls, like an out-of-control abscess. And for some, this has been a clarion call to action and the impetus to a life-altering pivot toward social justice and tolerance, as we hear from Samuel Ridout.
Samuel Ridout lives in Providence with his family and is a psychiatry resident with Brown University.