After years of calling blatant acts of racism anything but, local and national MSM have taken off their blinders and are now hyper focused on any and every incident. Gone are the media who tried their best to ignore the Jena Six, who fiddled on their balconies as militarized police descended on Ferguson, who never fail to present a gotta-hear-both-sides narrative in the face of obvious racist violence. Well, maybe not gone, exactly. They’re still ignoring institutional bigotry with every fiber of their beings, but they have discovered how lucrative focusing on individual acts of racism can be and they’re doubling down every chance they get.
The recent flurry of racist-bathroom-graffiti out of San Ramon Valley Unified School District is a prime example of this. A search for “san ramon” racist graffiti provided so many results I was able to quickly cherry pick one, two, three, four, five, six stories from separate MSM outlets. Every day for the past couple of weeks, there has been some update on the racist graffiti in the bathrooms of San Ramon Valley Unified School District. While this racist graffiti are acts of anti-Black violence that absolutely need to be ended immediately, turning it into the focus of wall-to-wall MSM coverage only feeds the narrative that this racism is totally brand new and, at least subliminally, directly connect to Trump.
The San Francisco Bay Area never needed Trump to wallow in racism, or bigotry in general. In the several years I’ve lived in San Francisco I’ve seen confederate flags, swastikas and more bigoted graffiti anywhere and everywhere than I can remember. None were ever reported by any media source, MSM or local. Anti-Black racism has flourished in San Francisco’s Castro for decades, yet no whisper of this ever reaches local media because the Castro is too integral to San Francisco’s liberal Democrat mythology, as well as its tourism coffers. No less than San Francisco DA George Gascón announced the presence of multiple white-supremacist cells in the Tenderloin, but the media soon lost interest and the story disappeared. Local media has always excused police terror, gentrification and tech’s racist hiring polices/general culture from being explicitly racist, always laying the blame at failings in judgement and/or training. Incidents of violent Islamophobia, such as the Castro Valley woman who attacked a praying Muslim man in the park, are allowed to drag out in court with no interest from the press or public, only to take a plea deal for anger-management classes and sixty hours of volunteer work.
The recent surge in MSM reports of racism pushes all of these incidents to the side and sells the narrative that current incidents are wholly new and unique unto themselves, and more importantly, all the fault of Donald Trump and his supporters. Some violent racists are even labelled Trump supporters just because…well, just because. It’s truly been a blessing in disguise for local, state and national Democrats who can now wash their hands of decades of condoning and participating in all sorts of bigotry, claim all violent acts of hate stem from Trump/Republicans and lead the charge against a culture of hate that they have never been afraid to nurture. Instead of leading a genuine and much-needed charge against the levels of oppression that will be attempted by Trump and the Republicans, Democrats will yet again lead their loyal legions into alternating stalemates and defeats while growing their own power for 2020. All while historical and institutional oppression continue about their daily business unabated and unbothered.