Friday, March 22, 2019

Be cautious about that word “nonpartisan”

“The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – our country's systems of democracy and justice.”

Obviously, not very nonpartisan.  In a publication about fighting terrorism put together by an intern, Sara Johnson, in the third paragraph we find this bigoted, inaccurate account of Trump campaign rallies.

“These concerns [about white supremacist terrorism] grew more pronounced as Donald Trump’s bigoted campaign rhetoric inspired rallies around the country in which neo-Nazis, white nationalists, proto-fascists, and far-right militias openly engaged in violence. This included beatings, stabbings, and shootings of counter-protesters and journalists, with little interference from law enforcement at the time and just a handful of belated federal prosecutions.3"  The footnote directs the reader to a PBS show and an LA Times article.  I was a librarian, and we wouldn’t have accepted those sources for a Freshman English class.

Really? No mention of people wearing MAGA hats being attacked on college campuses, in restaurants and parks?  No word about mobs shouting down conservative speakers on campus?  That isn’t terrorism when coming from Black Lives Matter or Antifa?

So I didn’t read any further.  What would be the point when Sara has concluded at the outset that Dylan Roof’s horrible crime can be blamed on President Trump, even though I’m guessing Baltimore’s high murder rate wasn’t blamed on Barack Obama by her or anyone else at the Brennan Center.

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