A Diatribe: Fact vs. Opinion

These are some facts and some opinions, on a variety of topics that are at the forefront of most of our conversations, which I feel like defining as fact or opinion. Some will argue fact and opinion are not mutually exclusive. And I won’t deny those arguments or the valid points made on both sides. But I’m still going to go ahead and define these points as either “fact” or “opinion.”

I welcome discussion, I enjoy an open debate, I’ll even accept discourse, but I draw the line at disrespect, in case you disagree. I also ask you to read to the end if you choose to discuss, debate or disagree (respectfully).

 

Fact: COVID-19 exists and is an infectious disease that has led to a global pandemic which is still very much happening.
Opinion: I am healthy and/or young, thus I am safe and don’t need to take any precautions.

 

Fact: The United States has failed at containing and controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Opinion: Not testing for COVID-19 will slow the spread.

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Fact: Wearing a mask helps slow the spread of COVID-19. 
Opinion: Your actions do not affect those around you.

 

Fact: The global economy has and is going to take a HUGE hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opinion: We cannot change how our economy is structured as to better help citizens (and thusly businesses) survive the pandemic, which would also create a system that is simply better for everyone.

 

Fact: Black lives matter.
Opinion: Saying Black lives matter is a political statement.

 

Fact: Saying Black lives matter in no way diminishes the value of any other life.
Opinion: Wearing a mask is dangerous.

 

Fact: LGBTQ lives matter.
Opinion: Being required to wear a mask is an infringement on your rights.

 

Fact: White supremacy and privilege have existed for a long time (even before the US).
Opinion: White privilege isn’t real because I am white and I have struggled.

 

Fact: The Confederate States of America existed from 1861-1865.
Opinion: Confederate monuments are there to teach us history.

 

Fact: The Confederate States of America surrendered (thus ceasing to exist) to the United States of America on April 9, 1865.
Opinion: Waving a flag of the losing side of The Civil War and continuing to support public monuments honoring its losers is in some way American. 

 

Fact: The United States was built on a foundation of horrible actions and behavior, including but not in any way limited to enslavement and genocide.
Opinion: The founders of The United States were all solely upstanding and absolutely admirable men and women, and that speaking of their failings diminishes their accomplishments.

 

Fact: The systems that were formed within The United States (governmental, legal, financial, educational, and social) grew from a foundation rooted in slavery and supremacy (based on skin color, ethnicity and wealth).
Opinion: Because it happened before I was born and my ancestors weren’t even involved, I shouldn’t have to deal with it or think about it.

 

Fact: Those systems were not rightfully reformed or rebuilt when slavery was abolished on January 31, 1865 nor have they been since. 
Opinion: Slavery ended on January 31, 1865.

 

Fact: Being a police officer is a public service that comes with a known and agreed to amount danger and risk to those on duty.
Opinion: Redefining the parameters of policing, re-examining the training and mental health of officers, and reallocating major portions of funding from police departments to education, social programs, rehabilitation, community, and health, would be dangerous to Americans.

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Fact: The United States Constitution was drafted in 1787, ratified in 1788, put into effect in 1789 and has been amended 27 times.
Opinion: The Constitution is unbreakable law that we must live by and cannot be changed. 

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Side fact: Merriam Webster defines Amend as “1. to put right; 2. to change or modify (something) for the better”

Fact: The polarization and political divide between Democrats and Republicans continues to grow.
Opinion: Democrats and Republicans have to disagree.

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Fact: Media outlets and political leaders take advantage of this divide, often disregarding responsibility, integrity and care for us while doing so.
Opinion: The news media we watch and read is infallible fact.

 

Fact: Social Media has allowed us to share facts, thoughts and opinions faster, louder and further than ever imaginable.
Opinion: What we see and share on social media is fact and has been checked to be so.

 

Fact: There are sources of true, unbiased information available to us, and most of us know it’s out there and how to find it.
Opinion: It’s a burden of time and energy to fact-check what I share and to be responsible with my voice, especially on social media.

I admit this is a graphic taken from media, so is possibly biased

 

Fact: Debating conflicting ideas is good! It’s great and necessary.
Opinion: Disagreeing on one topic means we disagree on all points, hate each other, and cannot possibly have a rational discussion about our differences without insulting and assuming.

 

Fact: Listening and being open to listening are the best ways to learn.
Opinion: Learning is difficult or dangerous and somehow insults history or what those before me knew.

 

Fact: Changing ones opinion or stance is a sign of learning, growing and becoming a better, stronger and wiser person.
Opinion: My opinion is right; my opinion is absolute; my opinion is fact; and it cannot be changed.

 

Fact: All Americans are American and should be treated as such.
Fact: All non-Americans should be treated equally well.
Fact: We are all human.
Fact: We agree on more than we disagree upon.
Fact: We are not the greatest we can be YET.
Fact: Settling for less is incredibly NOT American.
Fact: More so, it’s incredibly NOT human.
Fact: We all hope for better.
Fact: We can do better.
Fact: It’s time to start.
Fact: This was all my opinion. 

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