I have to give CNN that they give broad coverage to many sides of various issues. However, a recent online column by political commentator, Sally Kohn, should raise a few eyebrows. According to the title of the article, she is purporting to analyze the difference in perception between “When white people riot,” and the Ferguson riots.http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/opinion/kohn-ferguso...
In her article, Kohn chastises society and the media (to which she is invariably part of) for the disparity in perception and coverage. According to Kohn, when white people engage in a spontaneous “riot” when their college team loses, or when a pumpkin festival in Northeastern America is fueled by drunk white teens-gone-momentarily-bad, the events are portrayed with less voracity than the events of Ferguson. However, there is one problem.
For while an sporting event or festival gone-wrong is one thing, the Ferguson riots burst into the public consciousness. Yes, we may be 'guilty' of remembering the riots of the 1960's in America which were fueled by many cases by blacks and communists. But by comparison, longitudinally over the years, how many acts of public aggression have been instigated by mainstream whites?
I venture, not as many.
Additionally, there is another element of the Ferguson riots that Kohn did not discuss. For example, think back any social or politically-based incident in which whites disagreed with the country's power-structure. Aside from the Boston Tea Party of pre-1776, how many events come to mind of whites NOT talking out the issues, but instead engaging in sustained occupational protests and violence, aka Ferguson?!
I venture, not many.
Can you imagine Congressman John Bohrer running down to the Capitol Mall and leading the charge in a public event against President Obama's immigration 'executive order?' No! He's getting ready to SUE Obama. That's what rational people of ANY COLOR do – use prevailing legal means to center the discussion on justice.
Of course, a signatory event or two is fine to bring awareness of an issue. Just ask the National Socialist Movement about 'rallies.' But, sustained negative events move the discourse away from the issue at hand and instead moves the public mind towards the actions of Occupy and Anonymous.
Perhaps the people of Ferguson need to become aware of how they are being seen in-totality, rather then through their own rose-colored glasses.