Re: American Politics: Discuss and Debate
I can't speak to the black experience so I won't even try. I think the majority of protesters are legitimately trying to drive real change. I also acknowledge that a *ton* of people are using the protests for their own gain. Yes, there are people who are taking advantage of the situation to loot. Yes, there are people on the ends of the political spectrum that are trying to seed chaos.
I wish the protests had been different. When doctors and scientists went from saying "no one should gather" to "well, some people can gather" to "Trump's rally is ridiculous", they've politicized science. And that's counterproductive. I don't like Trump. I support the protests (at least, for the most part). But hypocrisy is hypocrisy. And whether the Memorial Day parties are to blame, or the protests are to blame....the result is more dead Americans.
But the hypocrisy is giving the Trump people ammunition. It does look like the scientists are picking and choosing what people are allowed to gather and who isn't. I get that people felt the need to gather for the protests, but we need to acknowledge that the Trump people feel the same way.
Trump is 100% making it worse but people that were disgruntled to lock down (but did it, for the most part) are now refusing to wear masks and refusing to lock down ever again. And while I think they're wrong, I sse their point.