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Wise words from the young

This video turned up on my Face­book feed, where a beau­ti­ful young girl makes the point, “Black peo­ple have scarier things on the hori­zon than the almost endan­gered species of white supremacy.”

So do peo­ple of every color.

As she points out, the media are still car­ry­ing on about what Pres. Trump said/didn’t say at a press con­fer­ence three days ago.

Harry Stein states What Trump got right in the press con­fer­ence:

Object­ing to the tear­ing down of these mon­u­ments does not make one a Nazi, or a racist, or even pass­ingly unrea­son­able, much as Trump’s adver­saries wish it were so.

I was a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Geor­gia in the early 1970s. Jimmy Carter was gov­er­nor and seg­re­ga­tion­ist Lester Mad­dox his lieu­tenant governor.

I had trans­ferred from the Uni­ver­sity of Puerto Rico with sketchy knowl­edge of the his­tory of the South, but even then I real­ized that the Civil War, which caused 620,000 deaths on both sides, was America’s defin­ing moment. The Civil War is wor­thy of study and reflec­tion, and try­ing to wipe out unpleas­ant­ness by destroy­ing any amount of pub­lic mon­u­ments will not erase that: “Our his­tory doesn’t change when a mon­u­ment is removed.”

The young girl in the video posits that the media is cre­at­ing a nar­ra­tive. I’m not sure who orig­i­nated the nar­ra­tive at this point, but I agree with her that the media is sim­u­lat­ing a real­ity of sorts. Hours, days, of sundry talk­ing heads opin­ing about a press con­fer­ence have pri­or­ity over news such as

  1. Mike Pence’s offi­cial vis­its to Colom­bia, Argentina, Chile and Panama, the lat­ter being cut short over the North Korea situation
  2. Colombia’s FARC offi­cial dis­ar­ma­ment day while dis­sent­ing FARC fac­tions fight gov­ern­ment forces
  3. Rus­sia arm­ing Venezuela’s gov­ern­ment in exchange for oil
  4. al-​Qaeda tak­ing ter­ri­to­r­ial con­trol in Syria
  5. and of course, yesterday’s ter­ror­ist attack in Spain.

The Guardian has the lat­est on item #4:

Hours after van killed 13 peo­ple and injured 100 in Las Ram­blas, sea­side town of Cam­brils hit by sec­ond vehi­cle attack, leav­ing one dead and six wounded

Pre­dictably, there’s a Trump-​associated head­line on this.

Jour­nal­ism used to go by “if it bleeds, it leads.” Now so-​called jour­nal­ists are the ones decid­ing what bleeds where, and they’re bleed­ing Trump from every one of their pores.

Atten­tion: See Da Tech Guy’s pinned post!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

This video turned up on my Facebook feed, where a beautiful young girl makes the point, “Black people have scarier things on the horizon than the almost endangered species of white supremacy.”

So do people of every color.

As she points out, the media are still carrying on about what Pres. Trump said/didn’t say at a press conference three days ago.

Harry Stein states What Trump got right in the press conference:

Objecting to the tearing down of these monuments does not make one a Nazi, or a racist, or even passingly unreasonable, much as Trump’s adversaries wish it were so.

I was a student at the University of Georgia in the early 1970s. Jimmy Carter was governor and segregationist Lester Maddox his lieutenant governor.

I had transferred from the University of Puerto Rico with sketchy knowledge of the history of the South, but even then I realized that the Civil War, which caused 620,000 deaths on both sides, was America’s defining moment. The Civil War is worthy of study and reflection, and trying to wipe out unpleasantness by destroying any amount of public monuments will not erase that: “Our history doesn’t change when a monument is removed.”

The young girl in the video posits that the media is creating a narrative. I’m not sure who originated the narrative at this point, but I agree with her that the media is simulating a reality of sorts. Hours, days, of sundry talking heads opining about a press conference have priority over news such as

  1. Mike Pence’s official visits to Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama, the latter being cut short over the North Korea situation
  2. Colombia’s FARC official disarmament day while dissenting FARC factions fight government forces
  3. Russia arming Venezuela’s government in exchange for oil
  4. al-Qaeda taking territorial control in Syria
  5. and of course, yesterday’s terrorist attack in Spain.

The Guardian has the latest on item #4:

Hours after van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, seaside town of Cambrils hit by second vehicle attack, leaving one dead and six wounded

Predictably, there’s a Trump-associated headline on this.

Journalism used to go by “if it bleeds, it leads.” Now so-called journalists are the ones deciding what bleeds where, and they’re bleeding Trump from every one of their pores.

Attention: See Da Tech Guy’s pinned post!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog