By now, whether you watched the Oscars or not, you have seen or heard about the infamous slap. It's probably filled your timeline on various social channels like it has mine. Whether jokes or hot takes everyone is talking about it. Whatever your opinion about right or wrong, or reasonings and justifications, etc., Battery is a crime. And this was Battery.
You can probably visit almost any prison or jail and find people facing real consequences for defending the honor of their loved one. And that, is not funny...One snap decision can literally change the course of your life and the loved one who's honor you sought to defend.
In Georgia, Battery is defined as intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with the person of another, or (2) intentionally causes physical harm to another. It's abundantly clear that this was an intentional act, and physical contact was made. As Battery is a misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
On its surface, it might not seem that bad, but this type of "simple" charge could lead to being stuck in the cycle of the system that isn't particularly kind to people of color, but especially Black men. So what am I sayings, perhaps just take a deep breath and take a moment before reacting. It makes all the difference.