Staying silent

Social media: I know that certain aspects of social media make having conversations hard. Twitter is especially bad given the character limits; it is difficult to say thing more that “I am for it….I am against it.”

Take massive protests: we still have COVID-19. Yes, studies have not detected post protest spikes in cities that have had these BUT there were some effects: the protesters were a small part of the population and, ironically, the protests encouraged many more people to really stay home. So, the “no spike” data does NOT mean that large gatherings are safe, as some claim.

And I wonder how effective it is hearing about protest after protest.

Yes, you hear “what about MLK and the Civil Rights movement?” Those were different times, in a different situation (legalized segregation), different media presence AND they were part of a well organized effort (with economic boycotts, highly intelligent legal action, etc.)

It does appear that there is some drop in support for BLM..could be regression to the mean. I don’t see how more protests will help though things like athlete strikes appear to be popular.

But I digress…going back to social media: it goes something like this:

Someone: “Big BLM protest…good right?”

Me: “no…COVID is still real”

Response: But they are protesting racism!

Me: “I don’t approve of looting and rioting”

Response: “So you are ok with cops just shooting black suspects?”

Me: “I think black people are unfairly profiled by law enforcement”

Trumpster response: “So, you are ok with criminals going free? I’m not so I am supporting Trump”

Conversations are increasingly hard to have so more and more I just give heart reacts to goat photos.

I can say that it appears that Trump WANTS protests and is agitating for them to become more violent.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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