Saturday, October 15, 2005

Can't We Just All Get Along?

This is one of the two most offensive, disgusting icons I can think of at the moment. The Swastika and whatever they call that encircled cross that the Klan uses. It stands for hatred, closed-mindedness, intolerance, and ignorance. That being said, I support their right to assemble, and to voice their opinions. We had a similar problem with a Klan Rally in Ann Arbor that made national headlines. There were those of us who argued, after that incident, that if nobody showed up, the Klan would stop marching. They got exactly what they wanted out of Toledo today. National press coverage. Something they can use as a recruiting tool. A chance to play the victim. Let them dress up in their costumes and march around playing soldier for a day. Who cares? Don't go! Without an audience, they aren't shit.


At 10/20/2005 01:59:00 PM, Anonymous Dwight said...

As a different view to whether anyone should give the Klan an audience, Toledoans in general don't support the KKK and would probably like to voice their opposition. However, the few who Fox News called, "the small minority of demonstrators (who don't represent the majority in any way)," represent a deep-seated resentment for bigotry and rabble-rousing represented by the Klan that goes back to reconstruction days.
A few agitators and looters take advantage of a riotous situation and damage and steal what they can while the media twists the whole purpose that the demonstrators intended.
It happened the same way at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as the mainly college-student crowd demonstrated against the Vietnam War that the Democrat establishment supported. As Mayor Richard Daley's police clubbed the demonstrators down in the streets, America watched and took the idea that the demonstrators had brought it upon themselves. The Republican candidate won the election by a narrow margin as a result.
Another example shows the Iraqi war demonstrators at the White House recently arrested for stopping and sitting down in front of the gate when the police wanted them to keep moving. The media percieved the fault to lie with the demonstrators since they violated the terms of their marching permit. How much do you hear about the demonstrations against the Iraqi war now that the media has discounted their credibility?
I see a contradiction between two rights voiced in this country's first amendment to the Constitution. The right to freely assemble and redress grievances is being inhibited by the right of a free press. The ownership of the great majoprity of the press by a few extremely rich and conservative men represses the truth and reduces the voice of the people to a wimper.


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