I also began to think about how many times people have seen only some of the facts and leaped to some conclusion that has nothing or very little to do with actual events. In these cases, events can quickly spiral out of control before all of the facts are known. This was portrayed in a recent episode of CSI: Cyber in which a video of police brutality was taken out of context, modified to make it look like the African American suspect was killed, and released to the public. These events led to rioting in the town portrayed in this episode.
Something I thought of while reading about the incident in the South Carolina school and after seeing this episode of CSI: Cyber was that maybe incidents like these would not happen as much if people were better able to relate to the victims of prejudice. An attempt to teach children what discrimination felt like was made by Jane Elliot in her third grade classroom in 1968 after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This was called the brown-eyed and blue-eyed experiment. In order to demonstrate to her students the effect that discrimination can have on a person, Jane Elliot divided the class by the color of their eyes. The brown-eyed children were allowed to sit in the front and were told they were better than the blue-eyed children, who had to sit in the back. She then observed the differences in their behavior. The following Monday, she switched the groups so that the blue-eyed children were told they were better than the brown-eyed children and observed the changes in their behavior throughout the day. Although this was a very controversial experiment, the children had had the opportunity to feel what it is like to be discriminated against. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesson-of-a-lifetime-72754306/?page=1