Friday, April 27, 2012

Snitching - Why it is a Good Thing

Somewhere along the line, the policy of reporting people who do something wrong or illegal became a thought of as a bad thing. The term "snitching" caught on as a term for "telling" or ratting on someone. Along with that, the term "snitch" came to be used to refer to the person who told.

The idea that snitching was something you should not do is something that a lot of people believe in. They think that if they know something or saw someone do something wrong, they should keep it to themselves and not tell anyone. This mindset is wrong and I will explain why in this article.

"Snitches get stitches" is a popular phrase that infers that people who tell on other people will get beat up. This phrase was made up by the people doing the illegal activity as a way to try to intimidate other people into not ratting them out to the police. In actuality, by "snitching" you help justice get served and you help get the people who are doing wrong, off the streets.

Some people might argue, "It's not my business" or "I don't want to get involved". This is understandable, but think about it from the other point of view. If someone had done something wrong to you, wouldn't you like justice to be served? For example, say someone stole your phone and someone else saw it. Wouldn't you like them to let you know or at least report it so you have a chance of it back?

By not reporting wrong doings, you are essentially allowing them to continue on without consequence. My conclusion is that if you think snitching is bad, you are probably one of the ones doing the bad things and you don't want people to call you out on it. If you think snitching is good, then you are a good person who is helping to make the world a better place by promoting justice and eliminating the continuation of wrongful actions.

Update:
There have been some comments saying that snitching is more about the concept of trying to save oneself at the expense of others. If this is the case, then the issue requires more discussion. I can see how it may be seen as a selfish act if someone is trying to reduce their own punishment by giving information that might lead to the punishment of others. In a situation like this, there is more to debate about.

9 comments:

  1. You are SO right. Thank you for posting this

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  2. Snitches get bitches!

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    1. Why do you care?
      What would you do if there was something bad happening, what would do if you got in trouble anyways

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  3. Reporting wrong doings is not snitching, snitching happens when you report information to keep yourself out of trouble.

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    1. I've been an informant. Because I needed to. Because I knew people who were supplying illegal drugs that I did not want on the streets my children played in. I snitched because it paid the bills.

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  4. Thank you for posting this. It help me with my assignment. My only concerns is where are the quotes

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  5. You are correct and incorrect at the same time but personally I feel your sense of morality leaves several factors undiscussed. First what constitutes snitching? The majority of "wrongdoers" and upstanding citizens alike believe that it is wrong to turn on people who you were involved with or benefited from because of poor personal choices. The above statement basically sums up what the definition of snitching is. Witnessing a crime you are not involved in is not snitching, reporting criminal activity is not inherently snitching by any means. The true definition of snitching is internal, its basically sacrificing one life for another, presumably because you are more fit to live in society than the other person. Snitching is something that feels or should feel wrong to anybody with a soul; its not done from the moral high ground, its done by people who do not stand for anything who usually continue negative actions and suffer negative consequences till they need to snitch again.

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