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Columnist blind to American rioters

Posted on September 1, 2021

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The Wake Weekly welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@wakeweekly.com.

While I generally enjoy Jean McCamy’s “Views And Reviews” column for its humor and whimsy, something she said in the Friday, Aug. 27, Wake Weekly failed to amuse me in the least.

Smack dab in the middle of her piece about crowds and her dislike for same (“Afghans’ frenzy reminds me I don’t like crowds”) is the following line: “I suppose the closest thing I’ve seen in recent times to the scenes in Afghanistan was the mob storming the Capitol last January. It was the same sort of frenzied fear.”

Really, Ms. McCamy? A bunch of mostly peaceful protestors, unarmed middle-aged folks carrying signs, injuring no one, is reminiscent of the Taliban and ISIS? Terrorists who behead women for stepping onto the street without a male escort, throw acid in the faces of teenage girls for attending school, beat U.S. citizens with chains trying to get to the airport, force mothers to throw their babies over barbed wire fences so a Marine can catch them and take them to safety — those Afghans?

If Ms. McCamy really believes what she wrote, it makes one wonder where she was last summer. Rioters, looters, murderers and arsonists roamed the cities of this great republic, burning police stations, a Wendy’s here and there, automobiles, small businesses that were largely minority owned, and killing a police officer, citizen or child every now and then.

The Jan. 6 rising is more like ISIS than that? While it is not always possible to discern motive from a sentence or two, in this case it is fairly clear that the comparison is politically motivated and such a stretch that it is just silly.

It reminds me of Chico’s famous, and usually misquoted, line in the 1933 Marx Brothers film, “Duck Soup”: “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”

John Grindas

Wake Forest

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