Announcements about a Day of Rage scheduled for more than three dozen US cities have popped up on social media lately. The original source appears to be a video.
If you attempt to determine the truth about the event, things get a bit difficult. Is it real or, as with past incidents, a hoax?
The video features snips of police officer stops, and includes video of suspects being shot. The snips are taken out of context, and we still don’t have full details on what preceded the officers’ responses. Consider how long it took for media and President Barack Obama’s Dept. of Justice to admit the truth about Ferguson—there was no “hands up” moment. The deceased in that police shooting had assaulted a shopkeeper and then attempted to assault an officer.
The video about a Day of Rage planned for July 15 is attributed to a source TheAnonMessage. The narrator claims the event will be “a collective day of rage…in conjunction with the ‘Black Lives Movement as well as other civil rights activists.’ The video also discourages violence and rioting. As I listened, I wondered if the narrator was using technology to mask his voice or if English is his native language. Perhaps the artificial quality of the narration is deliberate.
So is the Day of Rage for real, or a hoax?
You’ll have to judge for yourself. There was even a dustup of sorts on Twitter, with a post from @YourAnonNews. That post said there is no day of rage:
“TheAnonMessage isn’t a credible source, he has been spreading false information before.”
YourAnonNews said the next protest isn’t until November 5—“the worldwide Million Mask March.”
There is nothing about a nationally coordinated protest on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ website or Facebook page.
Bear in mind there are a number of different ‘Anon’ accounts, some differentiated only by the variation of a single letter in spelling.
Many in media, including affiliates of legacy networks, however, took the Day of Rage video seriously. There’s a list of cities posted at Zero Hedge. In Florida where I am based, the post claims protests will occur in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando.
Similar rumors, linked to various groups, have occurred in previous years, and the protest pattern always occurs ahead of major elections. In 2012 there were protests, and if you backtrack through history, inciting activist groups is a tactic the left has often used in hopes of building support for their candidates or causes.
Unfortunately, ethnic advocacy groups have not addressed the issue of crime within troubled communities, or deaths attributed to gang rivalries or initiations, or at the hands of foreign nationals in this country illegally.
You’ll have to decide for yourself whether to take the announcement about nationwide protests seriously. Anonymous allegedly doesn’t have a bureaucratic chain of command, so it’s hard at times to determine where credibility lies when statements attributed to the movement appear.
The right to assembly is a constitutional right all Americans hold. There is no right to riot, to destroy personal property, to endanger the lives of others by completely blocking major thoroughfares, or to assault people in the name of a cause.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 14, 2016)
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