Remember last week when the Muslim bloke held people hostage and killed two of them in Sydney? And do you remember when, even while the situation was still going on, there was a Twitter campaign called #illridewithyou designed to fight against or prevent an imagined backlash against Muslims? And do you remember the immediate articles also about the imagined backlash? Well… if it’s all slipped your mind the following may bring some of it back…
“NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Everyone is very concerned indeed that the actions of the lone gunman will result in a backlash against the protest movement. (If you were wondering what protest they’re referring to it’s that one where you loot and set-fire to your town in solidarity with a dead violent criminal and/or a man who died as a result of his own morbid obesisty).
Isn’t it strange that everyone is always very worried about these backlashes that never happen? They often seem much more concerned about the backlashes that never happen than about the victims of something that actually has happened. Weird ain’t it?
Isn’t it also strange how predicatable these articles about backlashes are? Especially when you try to find stories of actual backlashes that actually happened. What, exactly, are the fears of a backlash based on given that a backlash is such a rare occurance? Weird ain’t it?
If I were a conspiracy theorist I might be inclined to think that there’s some grand plot to make everyone forgot things that actually happen such as Muslims murdering people and remember instead things that didn’t happen such as backlashes against groups that disproportionately produce killers and criminals.
Good job I’m not a conspiracry theorist.
By the way, the killer in this latest story was definitely a lone gunman just like that ‘lone wolf’ hostage taker from last week. There’s absolutely no connection at all between a man who shoots dead two police, saying beforehand, “they took one of ours, we’ll take two of their’s” and the anti-police protests that have been going on over there for three months. No connection! Lone Gunman… repeat it until you believe it 1984 style.
Anyway, it’s a shame the hostgater 75% off webhosting sale just ended because I’ve got a brilliant idea for a website. It’s called backlashapedia and it’s a dispassionate list of all the backlashes that were much worried-about but which never happened. Can’t think of a way to monetise it though.
Except for the usual bitcoin tip-hat: