Rumors about bill completely exaggerated

“‘I’d heard you were dead.’

“‘I heard you wear a red lace corset,’ I said matter-of-factly. ‘But I don’t believe every bit of nonsense that gets rumored about.’”

This little bit of humorous wisdom, from Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Wise Man’s Fear,” is one that not many people in this world follow. Every time a rumor is posted on Facebook or any other type of social media, it gets picked up by people and spread around like ebola without anyone ever doing research on it. This leads to misunderstandings and protests.

A prime, and very recent, example is the now infamous “hoodie bill,” proposed by Lawton senator Don Barrington. After doing actual research, unlike some of the masses, I found out that the bill is designed to amend an earlier law that targets the Ku Klux Klan. The bill states it would be illegal to wear any sort of identity-concealing accessory during the commission of a crime. For those who don’t understand, that means they are not trying to ban hoodies in public. People need to do their research before jumping on a bandwagon and getting offended by something they don’t even understand.

My favorite example of this is an Oklahoma City pastor and his congregation “protesting” the bill by wearing hoodies to their Sunday service. Aside from the fact that they didn’t actually take time to understand the bill, they also didn’t have the hoods up. From what I see and hear, that’s what people are angry about, so I really don’t understand how it was a protest.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that people need to read up on rumors and not just follow suit. Who cares if there is an emotional plea? That doesn’t make it true. It could be 100 percent false. As tweeted by 4J Studios, who helped get Minecraft on the XBox and PlayStation, “Always assume rumors are false, rather than assuming they’re true!”