On Charlottesville, and Frustrations with Closed-Mindedness

So I didn’t plan on making any sort of blog post like this. I saw some of what happened in Charlottesville, viewing some news bits here and there, sighing at the inevitability of all this, that violence was bound to strike with all these insane protests and demonstrations that have been going on, that fanatics and radicals from all sides are coming out of the woodwork, and were inevitably bound to clash (no thanks to the police and the mayor/governor). I wasn’t going to talk about it. But so many are making so much noise about it on the social media sites I hang out on, that it’s become an unavoidable subject. It’s not something I wanted to get into, but got into it I did.

“The whole thing could’ve been avoided.  What brought this whole thing on was that they were going to remove the statue.  […]  If they didn’t move it, then there wouldn’t have been some Unite The Right march, what the fuck?  But also I have an issue with removing stuff like this because it kinda sanitizes history.  […]  Having them exist is an opportunity for conversation.” — Cory Carr

“As an angry white man, they make me look bad.” — Cory Carr

“I really think that on both the Right and on the Left, our sensibilities and leanings are becoming more authoritarian.” — Forest Taylor

“If people would just sit the fuck down, and talk about things…” — Cory Carr

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Follow-up comment regarding Democracy Now

So in one of my recent posts, I bad-mouthed Democracy Now and Amy Goodman for their brief report that mentioned George Zimmerman in a contorted and biased manner. As I said earlier, independent news can be biased too, just like mainstream news such as Fox and CNN. That being said, bias has its uses. Democracy Now always rallies behind the lesser man/woman, the protesters, those who are not on the side of Republicans or big corporations. Democracy Now always supports them, even to a fault. But because they always support them, that also means they cover them when they should be covered, while other media isn’t on the ground with them, covers them in their own biased fashion, or ignores them altogether. It is at times like this that I have to have some amount of appreciation for them.

In this case, this regards the whole Dakota Pipeline ordeal, and how the protesters are sick of it all, tired of how peaceful protesting isn’t getting them anywhere, and finally fighting back (Ghandi’s way doesn’t always work it seems, he never protested against something like this, big oil companies). The protesters actually managed to succeed in driving off the construction crews and the private security team after a clash that resulted in some injuries, and a lot of mace.

So while I dislike bias, I just have to live with the fact that all news media will be biased in one form or another, because the news is made by people, and people are biased. Which is why it’s a good idea to listen to several of them for different perspectives. Fox is biased, but so was Jon Stewart. CNN is biased, but so is Democracy Now, and ABC, and NBC, and MSNBC (especially them). All other news companies, independent or otherwise, have a level of bias. Learn from them, but learn accordingly. Things are almost never in black and white, there’s plenty of grey to go around.