Most articles on DEV will help you become a better developer. Not this one. This post is meant to make you a better human being, which in my opinion should be the pinnacle goal of everyone here.
So here it goes in all caps:
Please take some time to read the news. Stay up to date on the social and political issues. And then put yourself in the shoes of the person you are reaching. Think about what they are going through, what their communities are going through, what their countries are going through. Then figure out if you think they still want to read/hear those words from you.
And I need to add this. DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT bring your own issues into the discussion. Yes, you have your own problems, but that doesn't take away from other people's problems. We've all been to funerals before, but never have we once thought to tell the grieving family that we are also sad because our own family member(s) died. Remember: there is a time and place for everything. Read the room. Stay human.
I'm not angry - only frustrated. I never ever want to come across another tone-deaf person who cannot read the room, and this is why I am writing this.
PS: Black lives matter. If this message even remotely offends you, feel free to unfollow me.