Over the weekend, riots raged in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers. Floyd’s death has sparked passionate outrage, and it appears to be justified. The four police officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired for their action, and Officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes prior to his death, has been arrested.
However, what can’t be justified is needless destruction. As the protests against police brutality have turned into senseless riots, businesses have been vandalized and looted, and the police precinct in Minneapolis was attacked, with protesters even attempting to burn down the building.
Though it started in Minneapolis early last week, that violence has now spread to other major US cities. These actions put the rule of law in danger. Once a fire is sparked, it is hard to put it out.
But instead of condemning the violence, the media has gone out of its way to defend it, shielding the rioters by referring to them as merely “protesters.”
So, before we continue, let’s establish the difference between a protest and a riot.
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines a protest as “the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval; a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval; a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action.”
A riot, on the other hand, is defined as “a violent public disorder; a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent; public violence, tumult, or disorder.”
Maybe that will help the media to tell the difference.
With those definitions in mind, let’s take a look at some headlines that show how the media is characterizing this situation.
“Protesters Set Fire To Minneapolis Police Station.”
“Minneapolis Declares State Of Emergency As Protests Over George Floyd’s Death Spread Across US.”
“Police In Riot Gear Spray Tear Gas And Fire Rubber Bullets At Protest Over George Floyd’s Death.”
As conditions are deteriorating in Minneapolis, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi is on the ground, offering viewers a glimpse of the situation as it unfolds.
With a backdrop of burning buildings, Velshi said the situation was not “unruly.”
“I want to be clear on how I characterize this,” he said. “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly.”
Even when the evidence is right there for all to see, the media won’t veer from their narrative. Journalism is truly dead in America.
As for the riots themselves, the Daily Wire reported that “People rioting in Minneapolis on Thursday night over the death of George Floyd completely destroyed the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Police Precinct and other businesses before the National Guard arrived on the scene in an attempt to stabilize the situation.
Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey told reporters that he made the decision ‘to evacuate the Third Precinct’ after receiving information about the severity of the riots.
‘I made the decision to evacuate the Third Precinct,’ Frey said. ‘The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers or the public. Brick and mortar is not as important as life.’
The Saint Paul Police Department, which is located in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, tweeted that there had been more than 170 businesses damaged or looted. Dozens of fires.’”
These riots don’t appear to be ending anytime soon, but you can count on the mainstream media to keep lying about the violence that is occurring.