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
- Mike Pence’s official visits to Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama, the latter being cut short over the North Korea situation
- Colombia’s FARC official disarmament day while dissenting FARC factions fight government forces
- Russia arming Venezuela’s government in exchange for oil
- al-Qaeda taking territorial control in Syria
- 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.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog