While many in the mainstream media are downplaying the protests and riots happening across the US, those who are directly experiencing it are seeing them differently.
Recently, the New York Times reported on a demonstration that took place in Portland, Oregon headlining the article by saying protestors are taking “a more confrontational approach.”
The article starts off describing an incident that took place in Portland, Oregon that was witnessed by Terrance Moses, a Black man.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling.
Mr. Moses was initially not sure what the protesters were upset about, but as he got closer, he saw it: His neighbors had an American flag on display.
“It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, ‘How dare you fly the American flag?’” said Mr. Moses, who is Black and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area. “They said take it down. They wouldn’t leave. They said they’re going to come back and burn the house down.”
Yes, these left wing radicals were allegedly threatening to burn down a house simply because the family was displaying an American flag. This was no longer a protest about police brutality.
They were threatening people’s lives. Trying to intimidate them. Can you imagine how terrified those people were? What if there were children in the home? At that point, Mr Moses and others intervened to stop these extremists.
So while the NY Times called it “confrontational,” how did Mr. Moses describe it?:
“We don’t go around terrorizing folks to try and force them to do something they don’t want to do,” said Mr. Moses, whose nonprofit group provides support for local homeless people. “I’m a veteran. I’m for these liberties.”
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New York Times says “confrontational”, a Black man says “terrorizing”. Who do you believe?