A Tale of Two Protests…

What follows is not a news story.

It’s my job to make sense of things–to explain what happened when and why. But sometimes a story can’t be broken down or maybe shouldn’t be broken down into a timeline.

This is an attempt to try and not make sense of what happened today in a conventional way but show two very different windows into what happened at the protest. Some will find truth in one video–all sweetly choreographed. Some find truth in the chaos and pain of the second.

For some it was the best of protests. For others, it was the worst of protests.

Even in a city as small as Eureka which protest you saw might depend on where you stood and what lens you looked through.

One woman, Malia Freedlund, saw a peaceful protest that made her proud.

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Another, reporter Nazy Javid from Channel 7, saw chaos and a message being lost.

The protests they saw were as different as day and night. Both protests happened…and are happening across the nation today and yesterday and tomorrow.

And how we reconcile the yin and yang, their push and pull, will define us as we move forward.

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28 comments

  • Protests are happe ing everywhere. People are waking up. Godspeed everyone. If anyone thinks this isnt all engineered. Pandemicc. Protests. Everything. then stay asleep. The world is changing.

    • Check alternative news sources. This is all being staged. Antifa let loose. Old cop cars left in streets to be vandalized ( many witnesses). Piles of bricks left in streets ( reports on Twitter, the rioters best friend). Police standing down and disappearing coast to coast.
      Now people are dying ( including shop owners defending their business). A black man was pulled from his car and beaten. Etc.

      A ramp up to police state crackdown.

      Phase one: fake virus hysteria
      Phase two: summer riots
      Phase three: fake election
      Phase four: complete police state

      Mind my words. You all got the government you deserved ( and allowed to happen with your indifference and mindless obsession with material things).

      Alex Jones predicted this YEARS AGO ….

    • Riots not protest.

    • It’s called NWO. We are the enemy. Keep protesting. Marshal law is here, this is what “they” want you to do. Keep it up.

    • The world is being manipulated….

    • J.C. Tokalenko

      The COVID-19(84) Plandemic didn’t work out as well as hoped by those who engineered it, so we’ve moved to Phase II of the Revolution: open insurrection in America’s cities.

      Notice how the controlled media and the “authorities” aren’t shrieking about “social distancing” for the protests?

  • There is no them. There is only us.

  • Why would you bring a middle schooler to a protest like this? Irresponsible.

  • The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man. Let me explain what I mean by the white liberal. In America there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican anymore. In America you have liberals and conservatives. The only people living in the past who think in terms of I’m a Democrat or Republican, is the American Negro. He’s the one that runs around bragging about party affiliation. He’s the one that sticks to the Democrat or sticks to the Republican. But white people are divided into two groups, liberals and conservative. The Democrats who are conservative, vote with the Republicans who are conservative. The Democrats who are liberal vote with the Republicans that are liberal. The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn. The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man. The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, clean himself up, stand on his own feet and stop begging the white man, and take immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us. Once we do for self then we will be able to solve our own problems’ “The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro either, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the “smiling” fox. One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.
    Malcolm X

    • Malcom X did say this, really?

      //In America there is no such thing as Democrat or Republican anymore. In America you have liberals and conservatives. The only people living in the past who think in terms of I’m a Democrat or Republican, is the American Negro.//

      Insane comprehension, I recommend you use a better author to quote.

  • With masks being normal it seems to embolden people

  • There was only one protest. There were two videos presented, but only one protest. It was from sea to shining sea, city to city all across America. It was driven by hate. It was not peaceful. It was the worst America has to offer. Even the “peaceful” video was a group of people taking over control of a bridge. There is nothing peaceful about that. The other video was so vile I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. The video posted yesterday of the Chief trying to talk to the crowd was filled with a bunch of disrespectful haters refusing to let him speak. I am not part of this. I stayed home to avoid personal contact with such hate. There has to be a better future for all Americans. This is not the way to get your voice heard. Every window broken, building burned, vehicle destroyed, every crime committed was a hate crime, no matter what city it happened in. The same people participating in this hideous display of hate, not patriotism are not civil rights activists. They are haters. Hate has no place in civil rights. Hate has no place in equality. Hate has no place in a civilized country. But yet, because America is the land of the free, haters are free to express themselves, even though it is trampling on the rights of others who are not haters. Nothing was learned from this. It just awakened the realization that at any moment a display of the real truth about people’s characters can unleash its fury.

  • Poor show a pathetic bored haters selfishly disrupting the lives of others. If you protest peacefully others listen. If you act like an idiot you get treated like an idiot

  • I agree, these protests are driven by hatred…a hatred for white supremacy and racial disparity in all of its forms.

    There are plenty of peaceful protests happening, the chaotic ones get all the coverage because nobody pays attention to you when you peacefully protest. Unless you’re burnin it down and breaking things you get ignored, so maybe we should be addressing the root of the problem, instead of shaking our heads and saying see they’ve done it to themselves after they’ve been pushed past the human limits of their frustration and anger because, you know, they keep getting MURDERED.

    • J.C. Tokalenko

      People like you said SH*T when Justine Damond, a blonde woman, was murdered by a BLACK Minneapolis cop.

      Apparently your slogan has “Only” prepended to it. As in, “Only Black Lives Matter.”

      There IS NO “White Supremacy.” Only Marxists, world champion mass killers, claim that. The reality is “Green Supremacy,” as in, money. Rich Black > Poor White. Rich White > Poor Black. That reality doesn’t “fit” your ideology.

    • J.C. Tokalenko

      That is doubleplusungood! You must report to Room 101 immediately, crimethinker!

      Most cops are deathly afraid of enforcing the law on “People of Color,” because one honest mistake can mean the end of their career, their finances, their liberty, and possibly their life.

      We had a Black dude committed an open offense at the local fairgrounds a couple years back. The responding officer said he would do nothing about it once he found out he was Black.

  • Malia Freedlund

    In seeing these “alternate” viewpoints I think they still tell the same story, and I think it’s important to recognize our privilege here. People across the country are being tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets. That’s not happening in Humboldt. The police are showing great restraint and patience.
    We do have a lot of racism here though, and a community of white supremacists. The most dangerous things I saw were the entitled wealthy white people in expensive vehicles ready to blase through protesters at dangerous speeds because someone infringed on their ability to drive through Eureka in less than fifteen minutes. I’d be willing to be every single one of those individuals harbors the attitudes people are protesting.
    I hope that as protests continue people who need to have a more dramatic outlet for their frustrations recognize their target audience. It’s not our local officers. It’s our local despicable individuals.

    • J.C. Tokalenko

      Move to Oakland if you don’t like Humboldt.

      I bet the contributions to the community of the folks you hate are many factors yours.

      Race baiters like yourself are those who are despicable. “White supremacists,” LOL.

  • If people want to change the current situation, they need to alter the GDP. Stop buying worthless trash. Capitulate the system by playing their own game but in reverse. Left, right, blue, or red; call it what you will. Everyone dances to the same tune of Gross Domestic Product. Chaaa Chiing makes the world go round, and everything you buy makes it chime. A peacefull protest is a centless protest.

  • the simple fact is that young people are NOT, as a group, better informed, wiser, smarter or even more enlightened than older people. This is a fact of science and social science alike. We are born ignorant of the world we live in and only lose that ignorance over time.
    Think about what you knew and understood at half your current age. Were you smarter then? Wiser? Why assume it works differently for anyone else?

  • Swine, brother,
    thanks in my opinion, well said.

  • Fun with facts!

    The “reporter” can be seen in lots of other peoples’ videos throughout the day. See for yourself, she spent her time orbiting a particular group of police officers, and you can see her throughout the day laughing and mostly having what looks like a good time. Her report is very disingenuous, to say the least. Obviously hoping for some viral hype. It’s literally her job. She’s doing to the protest the same wrong she claims the protesters are doing to the police: blaming all for the few. Shame on her.

  • Whatever happened to unbiased news reporting? Shut the fuck up, do your job instead of instigating and getting into arguments with the people youre supposed to be FILMING and OBSERVING and shut the fuck up. In other protests right now people are ruining peoples cameras and filming on principle of yall trying to snitch them out, youre legit lucky they were that polite. Police stations are on fire rn lady, check your fucking privilege.

  • Compare each videographer’s entourage. One happy camper compared to tough cookie with bulldogs, may help explain different reactions to their presence. Guess who the troublemakers follow to spread their message.

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