Editorial: Hands off!

Editorial: Hands off!

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, July 24, 2018:

Every time we think we're making great social strides towards justice and equality, someone comes along and dispels the myth.

Be it Papa John Schnatter delivering incredibly racist and insensitive comments, or a viral video of a Neanderthal assaulting a young server at a Savannah, Georgia restaurant.

If you haven't seen this video yet, you're among a select minority who hasn't. It happens quickly, but it happens clearly. Ryan Cherwinski, a 31-year-old visitor from Florida, grabs the young woman in a way no one should ever grab anyone.

What also happens, just as quickly, is Emilia Holden's reaction as she slams her attacker, nearly twice her size, to the ground and makes clear in words I can't repeat, that what he did was not okay.

Cherwinski claims it was an accident, and he was only trying to move Holden out of his way. Good luck explaining that to a judge and jury, and even better luck explaining it to the mother of your twin daughters.

Consider this: as much as Cherwinski needs to be reviled, the real story here is Emilia Holden. Her act of strength has empowered women all over the world.

But sadly, for every Emilia Holden out there and for every act caught on surveillance tape, there are hundreds upon hundreds of unreported assaults. And that is not alright.

I've heard repeatedly since this video surfaced from women who say they wish they could show it to their younger selves. That's why Holden's message is so strong. It's not okay to put your hands on someone. Period. End of story.

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