Jussie Smollett Attack: Why Americans Outrage First and Ask Questions Later

The Jussie Smollett attack story appears to be the latest instance where millions of Americans quickly react and later realize that there are some glaring red flags they should have probably noticed prior hand.

Why is this happening so frequently?

I think it’s because more people today choose to act on their emotional impulse rather than their logical rationale.

In today’s era of social media, some people are competing with others to see something or be outraged by something first — as if it will present them as more enlightened.

In America, we also have individuals who align themselves with certain groups. Within those groups, they act differently than they normally would. When the group is outraged, they immediately become outraged without hesitation.

Critical thinking skills desperately need to make a revival in America. Critical thinking allows someone to assess a situation and make a judgment based on logic and historical precedent.

Yes, utilizing this skill may cause a delay in what you post on social media; however, it may also prevent you from being caught up in America’s perpetual outrage mob.


By: John Huber, Chairman Mainstream Mental Health