Opinion: Brittney Griner needs more than outrage to be released
Some have used her position as an excuse not to support Griner, to roughly paraphrase, “She doesn’t support America. Why should America support her? Other platforms said she was getting this attention because of her fame – even though her “fame” hadn’t helped her so far. They ask why she was in Russia in the first place. (Um, she needed to work?)
But why continue? Ultimately, this reinforces what I’ve already suggested about the futility of social media except as a conduit for our own feelings and attitudes. Nothing more.
Venting, ranting, decrying or defending – that’s what we do in this country with or without Instagram or Twitter. But never forget that something very human is being violated in a terrible and heartbreaking way by this process, regardless of anyone’s laws that have been broken.
And remember that whatever happens – or doesn’t happen – is not in our control, but in the hands of lawyers, diplomats and others like them who are not or may not be. never able to divulge the full story, even if they manage to get Griner out.
One thing of which I remain certain: it will not take nine years. That’s my prediction, and I’m sticking to it.