Over the last couple of years, bullying has been brought to the attention of mainstream media, sadly because of the suicides of the bullied.
Bullying isn’t a new phenomenon, but to see it played out on social media is. Take for example, the now infamous “Sharkeisha” fight video. The video shows one girl, 16-year-old Sharkeisha, brutally attacking , 17-year-old Shamichael Manuel, while other girls stood around and did absolutely nothing. The video went viral, after it was posted on World Star Hip Hop, Sharkeisha is currently facing charges, and Shamichael is still recovering from the beating and hasn’t returned to school.
Several people could have stopped the fight. Even before it escalated to the first hit. But no one did. Why is it that people choose to stand around and let people get bullied?
Yousef Saleh Erakat’s Youtube channel, FouseyTUBE is one of the social network’s most popular channels. Erakat’s videos include comedy sketches about growing up Middle Eastern, as well as social injustice videos.
Erakat’s latest video addresses bullying and uses a college campus as the setting. “The Bullying Experiment” doesn’t question the bully or the bullied, but people who see it happening and do nothing at all to stop it.
Growing up there were plenty of times as I was leaving school and witnessed bullying which escalated into fights. But what I do remember back then, compared to now, that people attempted to intervene. Whether they were adults or other kids, no one wanted to stand around and see a fight happen. Even my grandmother stopped her car and jumped out to break up an incident between two high schoolers.
But nowadays, it seems as though people would rather turn a blind eye and not intervene. Erakat ended his video with the following quote, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.