Then I’m afraid you’re misinformed, although if you’re getting all your information from biased sources, it’s no surprise.
One early offshoot was “#NotYourShield”, formed in response to the claims that GG was an attack mounted by white dudes against non-whites and non-dudes. Not only did NYS get the same attacks as GG, its members were also accused of being white dudes in disguise and/or traitors to their race and gender.
Again, that has long since happened.
See, now we’re getting to the root of the problem. No matter what the facts on the ground actually are, if mainstream news doesn’t give an accurate picture, people will be misinformed.
If mainstream news talks about the slights suffered by people on one side of the divide, while ignoring those suffered by the other, people will come away with the impression that the first side consists of saints and the second consists of villains. If mainstream news keeps going back to people on that first side for comment on any new developments, and never asks people on the second for their viewpoint, then no change will ever solve the PR problem, because all people will ever see is one side’s spin.
To that end, I’m pleased by the outcome of the recent Society of Professional Journalists conference where GG was discussed (well, except for the part where the conference had to be evacuated). It’s nice to see these concerns being taken more seriously.
You know, I’d really like you to address something that Laroquod and I have both brought up: this sort of abuse has been flowing in both directions, and some of it has been directed much more severely at GG. The repeated bomb threats, for instance.
What do you say to someone who’s seen the media compare them to terrorists, watched their friends being doxxed, swatted, and threatened, and who’s had to evacuate multiple meetups because of bomb threats?
When I see that stuff happening, it sure doesn’t make me sympathetic to the folks opposing them. When the people who claim to be fighting against harassment can’t make it more than a month without calling up a business and threatening to murder everyone inside, that makes me think maybe they aren’t being honest about their motivations or goals.
There’s plenty of bad behavior to go around; portraying one side as being persecuted by the other is dishonest. If you weren’t aware of that already, you are now.