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Beyond Black and White: How Media Outlets Use Race to Divide and Conquer
Here's how the media uses race to earn clout, clicks, and cash by fomenting fear and outrage.
In today's age of constant information consumption, it is essential for liberty-loving people to be mindful of the narratives presented to us by various media outlets. A concerning trend has emerged over the past decade where certain conservative accounts have been accused of promoting a biased portrayal of violence, predominantly involving black Americans. While it is important to address these claims, it is equally crucial to recognize the larger context and the potential manipulation at play.
I came across an thought-provoking tweet that raises an important question: Why are conservative influencers on social media primarily highlighting acts of violence involving black individuals? The observation is valid, as it is true that black communities, on average, experience higher rates of violence. However, when we consider the absolute numbers, violence is still more prevalent among white individuals. So, why is this not receiving equal attention? Should we not be concerned about all violence?
The author also suggests that these conservative accounts deliberately avoid showcasing random acts of violence from other ethnicities, unless it aligns with a particular narrative. For instance, Latin individuals are only highlighted when the incidents occur at the border or involve illegal immigrants, conveniently fitting the talking points of border control advocates.
Similarly, acts of violence committed by white individuals are only emphasized if they are associated with Antifa or the Black Lives Matter movement, aligning with the narrative of socialist or Marxist Democrats. The same pattern is observed with Asian individuals, particularly Chinese, with an emphasis on alleged infiltration and agitation by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
To put it simply, right-leaning media only covers violence in a way that aligns with the political narrative they wish to promote.
But they are not the only culprits.
The author acknowledges that leftist media outlets also engage in a similar practice. They selectively highlight injustices that support their own narratives. These influeners get their clout, clicks, and cash by demonizing white Americans — especially ones who happen to be conservative or libertarian.
The manipulation of information serves to fuel anger and outrage among specific demographics. This anger, in turn, drives increased donations to conservative and leftist pundits and politicians. To put it simply, these opinion molders thrive on our fear, outrage, and animosity toward each other. This deliberate manipulation of information leads many Americans astray, often unaware of how deeply they are being manipulated through their emotions.
It is of great concern to folks like myself that so many of us fail to see the game that is being played on all of us. Most are being led astray by their favorite influencers telling them to be hyperfocused on a silly conflict over a bike in New York City or yet another hate crime hoax.
The consequence of this manipulation is a divided society, where individuals are pitted against one another based on race and politics, inadvertently diverting attention from larger issues and allowing the government to act with minimal scrutiny. The Fourth Estate plays a critical role in perpetuating this divisive cycle.
It is crucial for individuals to be discerning consumers of information, to question the narratives presented to them, and to seek a comprehensive understanding of complex issues. Recognizing the manipulative tactics employed by media outlets can help bridge the gaps that divide us. By fostering open dialogue, promoting empathy, and refusing to be swayed solely by the narratives pushed upon us, we can work towards a more united society.
But this is not all there is to it.
Much of the division being sown on the airwaves and interwebs distracts us from the harsh reality that the authoritarian elites are the ones who benefit most when Americans are at each other’s throats. This is why they constantly feed us a steady diet of outrage porn fueld by the fear that their fellow Americans on the other side of the political divide are out to get them.
While we are preoccupied with “Black Man Bad” and “White Man Bad” narratives, the powers that be are gradually growing the government and violating our rights. This is not happening only at the federal level — it trickles down to state and local governments as well.
In conclusion, the game of one-sided media coverage is a dangerous tool that perpetuates division and manipulation and empowers the elites to continue growing fat and wealthy at our expense. This won’t stop unless we wake up and become aware of the agendas behind the narratives they consume and actively seek a more comprehensive understanding of the issues at hand. By breaking free from this cycle, we can foster a more informed and united society, one that pursues liberty instead of being easily manipulated by the forces at play.
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