I take issue with the use of the phrase, “trigger warning.” If you are unfamiliar, trigger warning is a term used before someone makes a statement which could be offensive to a demographic. For instance, one might say, “trigger warning: I like milk.” This is, of course, offensive to (trigger warning) Black people as it turns out milk isn’t as healthy for them as it is their White counterparts. While the attempt to warn (trigger warning) Blacks of this approaching insult is honorable, it does not consider one specific thing; people of color are statistically more likely to be involved in gun violence and therefore more likely to be put off by the term “trigger.”
There needs to be a term before “trigger warning” to alert people the use of the word trigger is imminent. I suggest we use “incoming.” For instance, “incoming, trigger warning: I like milk.” This, however, could (incoming) trigger the veteran population who have received actual indirect fire. Because we don’t want a warning leading to men and women (incoming, trigger warning) hitting the deck, we need another means of notification. How about (incoming, trigger warning) Black lives matter. Now you could say, “Black lives matter, incoming, trigger warning: I like milk.” If you are (Black lives matter, incoming) triggered by the term (Black lives matter, incoming, trigger warning) “Black lives matter” you are clearly a racist and your opinion doesn’t matter.
There does, however, remain a problem. What if you are not offended? Say someone is about to address you and they say, “Black lives matter, incoming, trigger warning: I like milk.” Because you are an intelligent person who is not bothered by the personal preferences of others, you are offended at the notion a statement of (Black lives matter, incoming, trigger warning) fact could (Black lives matter, incoming) trigger you at all.
Now your attempt to avoid triggering someone has backfired. It may seem necessary to add another warning term to protect against the possibility they may not be triggered in the first place. I say, since you can in no way prevent everyone from being triggered, maybe we should not use warning terms. If someone says something you disagree with, challenge their ideas or go about your day. Otherwise, we will lose entirely that most sacred right to (Black lives matter, incoming, trigger warning) free speech.