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Good call.Right, so, there was a bit of the discussion in the Grr Thread, but I guess a mod didn't see it, so I'll make the thread.
Fortunately:It kind of sucks how after any rioting happens at all, popular opinion starts to be against the protestors, despite the people looting etc most likely aren't the same people who protested peacefully :(
Well, from what I've seen, the tide seems to be turning as far as public opinion is concerned, and more and more people seem to be supporting the protestors.
Let's hope that continues.
It's because people are much more likely to talk about things that are closer to them, and like it or not, the plurality of people on the internet (especially on American sites like Tumblr) are American.Okay, I'm fully prepared to take whatever backlash I receive for this post, but I think it has to be said.
As important as the Ferguson incident is, we shouldn't cause it to make us forget about other tragedies in the world.
From what I've seen over the Internet (especially on Tumblr), with regards to current events:
Sweet fuck all % Ebola/ISIS/MH17
Now, of course Ferguson is important, but it feels like these other topics/causes, which are also important are being brushed aside.
Why weren't there any posts going "have you reblogged MH17 today?"
Why are we supposed to remember Ferguson more than these other tragedies?
Yes, what happened in Ferguson was truly reprehensible and tragic, but we shouldn't forget about all these other events, too - after all, they all involved loss of life, and I'm sure we all agree that no particular life is more important than any other.
Yeah.MH17 was the one that was shot down in Ukraine right? It was certainly terrible but that isn't exactly the issue, the underlying issues are the fighting and the fact that Russia is playing down that it's got anything to do with it.
Would this apply for MH17/ISIS? Constant exposure would, for example, raise awareness about the stuff that the Russian government and ISIS respectively are doing right now.It should be noted that manipulation and erasure from various fronts in the media is one of the core problems of Ferguson, which is what necessitates the exhaustive coverage. Ebola isn't getting any closer to ending if we keep talking about it. For Ferguson, keeping the talk alive and well helps, at the very least marginally.
(The same goes for Gaza, so if anyone wants to bring on the talk of Gaza, then by all means, go ahead)
I was thinking that as well. It probably happens a lot more often in the US just because of there being a higher population and more guns, though.Back to the main topic, but again relating the incident in Ferguson to an event off American soil, it seems as if this is actually very similar to what happened in Tottenham three years ago. In both cases, a young black man who was unarmed was murdered by the police, leading to a series of riots, and thus evidencing the racial prejudices prevalent in a country where most people are white.
Maybe there's a key difference that I'm missing, but when the news about Ferguson first broke out, my first thought was literally "it's Tottenham 2011 again, but in America this time".