I’m a progressive, but I’m also someone who, at times, is disgusted by the way some on “my side” behave. I’ll be the first to admit that there are so-called “liberal” websites out there that are every bit as awful (just in different ways, sometimes) as the trash I see from the likes of Drudge and Breitbart.
And, unfortunately, Salon is one of those sites. Not to say that some of their content isn’t solid, or they don’t have a few decent writers, but the quality of what I’ve seen the site publish has dropped drastically over the years. Take for instance this gem they posted Friday afternoon: What kind of porn turns women on?
If you want to have a little fun, head on over and type “penis” into their search bar on their website. You’ll get around 11,800 results like Farewell, once-favorite organ: I am officially breaking up with my penis and Here is the average penis length, according to science.
You know, just real “high-quality” content.
Even worse, race-baiting is nothing new for Salon — they do it quite often.
Last year, after a sick monster slaughtered nine African-Americans at a church in South Carolina, within an hour of the shooting, they posted an article from two years ago with the headline: Why is it always a white guy: The roots of modern, violent rage.
This wasn’t an article about the shooting in South Carolina. How could it have been? At the time they posted it, no one really knew what had happened, but that didn’t matter to Salon. All they cared about was getting those “clicks” and “getting that revenue” as people rushed to the Internet seeking updates on what was happening.
Meanwhile, in the wake of that unspeakable tragedy, all they did was divide us even more.
Well, just shy of a year later and they’re at it again, seizing on the opportunity to race-bait in order to get as many “clicks” as they possibly can by exploiting yet another horrific shooting.
Here are a few of the articles Salon posted on Facebook following the shooting in Dallas:
The Orwellian police tactic that targets Black Americans for simply existing (Written April 2015)
10 things black people fear that white people simply don’t (Written March 2015)
Republicans still don’t care about Black people: Why the GOP’s racist history is alive & well (Written June 2015)
Why white people favor “African-Americans” (Written March 2015)
We must disband the police: Body cameras aren’t enough — only radical change will stop cops who kill (Written April 2015)
10 ways white people are more racist than they realize (March 2015)
We still lie about slavery: Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture (Written September 2014)
I would like to point out that those were all posted within 20 minutes of each other starting at 6:25 am CST Friday morning.
None of those articles were current, or even addressed what happened Thursday night in Dallas where 11 human beings were shot, five fatally. Just like they did last year, they spammed out a bunch of old articles to exploit another disgusting mass murder for nothing more than cheap revenue just as people were waking up.
It’s absolutely appalling.
This is what I mean when I say that there are forces on both the left and the right that benefit greatly by keeping us angry, hostile and divided against one another.
At a point in our society when two African-Americans were recently killed at the hands of police officers, followed by five officers being murdered at the hands of a killer who told the police he hated white people, what we need now is a moment where we come together. We need to stop picking “sides,” trying to blame one another or talking at each other — but with one another.
We need to stop hashtagging ourselves as supporters of Black Lives Matter, or Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter and simply start calling ourselves human beings (black, white, brown, male, female, Christian or Muslim – it doesn’t matter) who are sick and tired of living in a society where the color of our skin can determine who we are, what we are and how we’re treated. Every single person in this country, no matter their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation should always be judged by who they are — not what they are.
There’s been one quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that’s resonated with me all day:
We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.
Well, I think it’s about damn time we stop being fools.
It’s time we stop putting ourselves into “corners” where we’re out to “defend our side,” constantly trying to prove the “other side wrong.”
Here’s the harsh reality: There’s fault on all sides.
Where the hell do people think we’re supposed to go when one side makes excuses for bad cops, while the other side shouts “white privilege” every five minutes? Do these people think that’s helping anything? Are there folks out there who only believe that angrily shouting at one another is getting us anywhere? There’s nothing wrong with being angry, but you also have to know how to harness that anger in a positive, productive way.
And, I’m sorry, I’m not seeing a lot of that, especially from the likes of blogs like Salon posting the trash they did Friday morning. Those articles aren’t meant to bring us together, or help combat social injustices — they’re meant to divide us while making money for Salon.
Much like how the NRA realizes guns being in the hands of criminals is good for their business, websites like Salon understand that when you keep people divided, it’s very good for their business.