Stranger than Fiction | Matt Kriese
In the grand context of the world, there is an almost unapproachable plethora of issues threatening the stability of a country’s wellbeing. Questions regarding global recessions, women’s rights, and independence have haunted national news coverage for the better part of the past decade. These issues pale in comparison to the rise of populist movements and the wave of white supremacist demonstrations that accompany them.
It goes without saying that following nationalistic political rhetoric within the United States reified by right-leaning political leaders led to the protests in Charlottesville. Chants and signs saying, “Blood and soil,” “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us” reverberated throughout the city. This rally began to plague the media atmosphere. For weeks after this gathering, every major news outlet from Fox to MSNBC took stances on the issue. Black Lives Matter leaders started making the television circuit rounds all over again.
However, there were only 250 white nationalists at the rally.
In Warsaw over the weekend, 60,000 white nationalists took the street on the Polish Day of Independence chanting, “White Europe, Europe must be white” and, “Pray for an Islamic Holocaust.” European news outlets made mention of chants saying, “A (deeply hurtful racial slur) can never be a Pole.” I will remind you, this escaped 60,000 mouths.
The Southern Poverty Law Center makes a point to warn of a “growing globalization of white nationalism” in the United States, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia among those who see themselves as “a white tribe under attack by people of color across the globe.” I am not sure the extent to which I agree with this analysis. What I argue is that these issues are not our own.
The point is, why do Americans not react with the same horror to protests 240 times larger than Charlottesville in other nations? Questions of equality should not stop at the border; but, before broader acceptance can occur, American news outlets must begin covering these events to a greater extent.