It really is appalling how people try to conflate two entirely different things. People attempting to storm the Capitol is an affront to everything we hold dear. It’s a battle against democracy – as is even the thought that the affirmation of the Electoral College vote might not sail through. All of this is so much so that even the man who said everyone should stop should be impeached because, well, it’s important.
This is totally and vibrantly different from the Black Lives Matters protests. Entirely so. As CNN tells us:
People marched by the thousands in both after believing that a wrong had been done to them. The calls for racial justice across America over the summer were backed by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the pain of following generations of anti-Blackness sentiment. Unlike BLM protests, the insurrection at the Capitol was triggered by lies and deeply rooted racist stereotypes, experts say.
Wonder what experts these are?
Rioters believed a narrative deeply rooted in racist stereotypes that has been consistent throughout Trump’s administration and used by other politicians in the past 50 years, according to Haney López, who is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
That sounds rather more like hearsay than actual evidence.
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said Wednesday the mob was motivated by racial resentment and “a conspiracy theory rooted in the effort to invalidate Black folks.”
A most independent and expert person.
“Once something like that feels true, you can’t dissuade them with the facts,” said Ian Haney López, the author of “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.”
No evidence of bias or prior affiliation there at all.
What annoys here is that partisan political types are described as experts if they’re on one side of the argument. Drooling fascists if they on the other of course but that’s not the bit that grates. It’s the manner in which news reporting – which this is, it’s not an opinion piece – has stopped even having a pretence of balance.
If they said monobrow flathead says this, anti- flathead monobrow said that then they’d be closer to being impartial. And that’s what grates. The representatives of one particular political view – puffball noodle arms the lot of them – are presented as being experts.