It seems like people can be critical of where you hear your news from no matter where it comes from. Our class has given me better perspective on what kinds of criticism are more valid than others. While I have grown even more dubious about commercial media, and even some online alternative news sources that seem to have questionable motives, having thoughtful discussions with friends still seems to inform me just about as well as anything else can. Two of my friends, Andrew and Noah, have been very vocal following the non-inditement of officer Wilson. Both of them attended the march and protest at Claremont city hall, and Noah shared his experience through Instagram. Here is his post. In case his privacy settings do not allow for others to view it, it is a photo of protestors peacefully gathering outside Claremont city hall with the caption:
“White silence is violence. Being complicit with and benefiting from systematic racism and institutionalized oppression is violent. Worried about a few people looting? What about our looting of human and natural resources from countries around the world and communities right down the street? What about centuries of ongoing exploitation of black and brown bodies for our benefit? If you’re white and this makes you uncomfortable that’s good. Embrace discomfort and use it to push yourself towards solidarity and action. #EmpathizeBeforeYouCriticize #JoinTheMovementRegainYourHumanity”
I think Noah eloquently makes an important point about being complicit while also making an important response to the many posts on social media being critical of the “violent” protests. I don’t think anybody should be patronizing protestors. In a response to similar posts, my friend Andrew reposted an article on facebook. When people repost things on facebook its important to look at what their source is: is it commercial or non commercial? Who does it advocate for? The blog that Andrew’s article comes from, Black Girl Dangerous, seems like a thoughtful, fresh, and non-coercive news source.
Andrew has been posting a lot on facebook, and has been given public praise for his thoughtful reading and sharing. Here is his page if you want to take a look.