Two of the biggest news stories in Northeast Ohio this week are: Trump wins Ohio and the Cleveland Indians are shopping star shortstop Franscico Lindor. If you don’t think these two are related, let this Ohio native explain.
By now, you have seen this image or the videos of high school white boys from Covington, Kentucky forming a mob around native elders to mock them. The video went viral and has been the talk of social media for days. Twitter and Facebook served as the public judge and jury for the kids. Then came the backlash and the PR tour. The white privilege counter. The victimhood narrative. The story became both infuriating and predictable in how it played out with the smirking kid in the MAGA hat getting invites to national network news programs.
Welcome to Biased Politics! Welcome to the world where our President is a reality-denying, white nationalism stoking, reality television star. Welcome to the world where our nation’s top regulators are currently titans of industry in the same industry they are tasked with regulating. Welcome to the world of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter and its backlash. Welcome to Fox News, fake news and Breitbart. This is us. This is who we are now. This didn’t happen by accident.