5 thoughts on “I wonder, I wonder…

  1. "Burn, baby! Burn!" says:

    (8/31/20): President Donald Trump has retweeted a video, which had been posted under the misleading heading “Black Lives Matter/Antifa,” of a Black man shoving a white woman into a stopped subway car. The incident occurred on Oct. 23, 2019, and there is no indication that the man in the video was affiliated with, or motivated by, either Black Lives Matter or antifa.
    The incident in the video occurred nearly seven months before the mass protests that followed the death of George Floyd and the man who was arrested for the assault had a lengthy history of subway related offenses and arrests.
    It is the second time Trump has retweeted video of this incident.
    Back in June, Trump retweeted a post of the video that included the comment, “Where are the protests for this?” Trump added his own comment, “So terrible!”
    The Trump campaign declined to comment about the tweet.
    https://www.factcheck.org/2020/08/trump-retweets-dated-racially-charged-post/

  2. Arson says:

    “With Trump fanning the flames, it’s up to locals to put out the fires : Intelligence officials have warned law enforcement about right-wing vigilantism, but the president continues to stoke white fear and make matters worse. It’s up to local leaders to quell the violence.” (Boston Globe 8/31/20) https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/31/opinion/with-trump-fanning-flames-its-up-locals-put-out-fires/
    “…Ever since the protests against police violence sprang up this spring, the president has been eager for ways to distract the public and shift the focus to the minuscule number of protests that have turned violent. To be clear, there is no excuse for burning buildings. But for the president and right-wing media figures to exaggerate looting and lump all protesters with those fringe elements is clear scaremongering.
    Though President Trump has repeatedly condemned protesters and left-leaning antifa activists as a threat to the safety of Americans, a federal intelligence bulletin distributed to local law enforcement agencies instead identifies white supremacists, militia extremists, and groups “who advocate a belief in the superiority of the white race [and] have sought to bring about a second civil war, often referred to as a ‘Boogaloo,’” as the greatest public safety threats during protests. See “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence,” prepared by the FBI and DHS. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3924852-White-Supremacist-Extremism-JIB.html

  3. Santayana says:

    “In the final week of August, the United States saw its biggest deterioration in societal norms and steps toward outright fascism since President Donald Trump came to office four years ago under a mantle of barely veiled authoritarianism. The troubling developments of the past week are almost too many to count.” (Aug 28, 2020)
    “If people do not accept the ground rules by which democracy operates and winning at all costs and incivility become the norm, then things fall apart. … We see that falling apart with political polarization now. And that was true in the 1930s with the rise of authoritarianism and fascism in Europe and elsewhere.” Holocaust historian Christopher Browning in 2018 https://www.salon.com/2018/10/18/historian-christopher-browning-on-the-trump-regime-were-close-to-the-point-of-no-return/

  4. Happenstance says:

    “Why some counterprotests to Black Lives Matter are turning violent : Counterprotester clashes are detracting from one of the largest social justice movements in history.” https://www.vox.com/2020/9/14/21432330/counterprotests-black-lives-matter-violent
    “A new report from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, in collaboration with Princeton University’s Bridging Divides Initiative, identified 7,750 Black Lives Matter protests from May 26 through August 22 at 2,400 locations across the US. An examination of these events found that 93 percent of them remained peaceful while protests at about 220 locations turned “violent” — defined as the destruction of property, and including clashes between protesters and police and counterprotesters. The report also found that in these places the violence was restricted to specific blocks of the city and not widespread.
    Yet, despite the fact that protests remained largely peaceful over the course of about four months, the report warned that a hyper-polarized environment spurred by state forces that take “a more heavy-handed approach to dissent” will only make non-state actors “more active and assertive,” and that counterdemonstrators will “resolve their political disputes in the street” ahead of the election.
    “Without significant mitigation efforts, these risks will continue to intensify in the lead-up to the vote,” the authors wrote.”
    ACLED “Demonstrations & Political Violence in America: New Data for Summer 2020” https://acleddata.com/2020/09/03/demonstrations-political-violence-in-america-new-data-for-summer-2020/

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