Teens in MAGA hats gang up on and harass innocent N.A. man.. Jan 21, 2019 23:38:28 GMT -5 robeiae and Don like this
Post by Optimus on Jan 21, 2019 23:38:28 GMT -5
The kids are being asshats. I don't want to see them crucified. I would like to see them do better.
I think giving them some context that blackface is not a harmless fun custom to most of us might be good for when they get out of Kentucky, for example, and that doing Indian war chants at Native American elders might be construed as racist.
I totally agree and edited my other post to reflect that because I hadn't seen the tweet you linked to before I posted it the first time.
My overall argument is not at all that the kids are blameless or that some of the weren't acting like little shits. Just that this entire debacle is yet another example of the media running wild with a mostly false narrative that not only damages their own reputation even more, but damages cultural relations and gives Trump more ammo for his war on "fake news."
It's death by a thousand cuts.
Just like with Trump, we should absolutely call people out for things they've actually said and done. But, the amount of pure misinformation that people have heard about what happened here and have truly caused themselves to believe through egregiously faulty reasoning is truly mystifying to me, and I research this shit for a living.
I truly wonder if the obscene amount of partisan cognitive dissonance displayed by so many people in reaction to this story would've been nearly this bad had this story happened even 3 or 4 years ago. Sadly, I think it wouldn't have even been close to this.
This story was the equivalent to an ideological Rorschach Test.
When these types of stories come out, it's best to stop, take a deep breath, step back, and wait for more evidence instead of rushing to judgment. Unfortunately, we can't even expect that of our news sources anymore. Instead, they're often leading the charge in the opposite direction and I find that deeply upsetting.