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How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country

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How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country

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A protester stands on a platform in front of a fire at a restaurant early Friday in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night

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Karen Attiah
Global Opinions editor
May 30, 2020 at 6:57 a.m. GMT+10

If we talked about what is happening in Minneapolis the same way we talk about events in a foreign country, here’s how the Western media would cover it. The quotes and those “quoted” in the piece below are fictional.

In recent years, the international community has sounded the alarm on the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the United States under the regime of Donald Trump. Now, as the country marks 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the former British colony finds itself in a downward spiral of ethnic violence. The fatigue and paralysis of the international community are evident in its silence, America experts say.

The country has been rocked by several viral videos depicting extrajudicial executions of black ethnic minorities by state security forces. Uprisings erupted in the northern city of Minneapolis after a video circulated online of the killing of a black man, George Floyd, after being attacked by a security force agent. Trump took to Twitter, calling black protesters “THUGS”’ and threatening to send in military force. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts!” he declared.

“Sure, we get it that black people are angry about decades of abuse and impunity,” said G. Scott Fitz, a Minnesotan and member of the white ethnic majority. “But going after a Target crosses the line. Can’t they find a more peaceful way, like kneeling in silence?”

Ethnic violence has plagued the country for generations, and decades ago it captured the attention of the world, but recently the news coverage and concern are waning as there seems to be no end in sight to the oppression. “These are ancient, inexplicable hatreds fueling these ethnic conflicts and inequality," said Andreja Dulic, a foreign correspondent whose knowledge of American English consists of a semester course in college and the occasional session on the Duolingo app. When told the United States is only several hundred years old, he shrugged and said, “In my country, we have structures still from the Roman empire. In their culture, Americans think that a 150-year-old building is ancient history.”

Britain usually takes an acute interest in the affairs of its former colony, but it has also been affected by the novel coronavirus. “We’ve seen some setbacks with the virus, but some Brits see the rising disease, staggering unemployment and violence in the States and feel as if America was never ready to govern itself properly, that it would resort to tribal politics,” said Andrew Darcy Morthington, a London-based America expert. During the interview, a news alert informed that out of the nearly 40,000 coronavirus deaths in the United Kingdom, 61 percent of the health-care workers who have died were black and or have Middle Eastern backgrounds. Morthington didn’t seem to notice. “Like I was saying, we don’t have those American racism issues here.”

Trump, a former reality-TV host, beauty pageant organizer and businessman, once called African nations “shithole countries." But he is now taking a page from African dictators who spread bogus health remedies, like Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, who claimed he could cure AIDS with bananas and herbal potions and pushed his treatments onto the population, resulting in deaths. Trump appeared to suggest injecting bleach and using sunlight to kill the coronavirus. He has also said he has taken hydroxycholoroquine, a drug derived from quinine, a long-known jungle remedy for malaria. Doctors have advised against using the treatment to prevent or treat the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Americans desperate to flee will face steep challenges to cross borders, as mismanagement of the coronavirus and ethnic tensions in the country have made them undesirable visitors. But some struggling American retailers, like Neiman Marcus, are hoping to lure shoppers with traditional 19th-century colonial travel fantasies through neutral khakis and cargo shorts as part of a “Modern Safari” collection. “Utilitarian details & muted tones meet classic femininity,” reads a caption under the photograph of a white woman. Pith helmets were not included in the accessory lineup.

Some nations are considering offering black Americans special asylum. “Members of the white ethnic majority are forming armed militia groups, demanding their freedom to go back to work for the wealthy class who refer to workers as ‘human capital stock,’ despite the huge risk to workers,” said Mustapha Okango, a Nairobi-based anthropologist. “This is a throwback to the days when slavery was the backbone of the American economy. Black slaves were the original essential workers, and they were treated as non-human stock.”

Africa could be an ideal asylum destination, as several African countries have managed to contain the coronavirus outbreak through aggressive early measures and innovations in testing kits. Senegal, a nation of 16 million, has only seen 41 deaths. “Everyone predicted Africa would fall into chaos,” Okango said. “It is proof that being a black person in this world doesn’t kill you, but being a black person in America clearly can.” The African Union did not respond to requests for comment, but it released a statement that said “we believe in American solutions for American problems.”

Around the world, grass-roots organizations, celebrities, human rights activists and even students are doing what they can to raise money and awareness about the dire situation in America.

“It’s sad that the Americans don’t have a government that can get them coronavirus tests or even monthly checks to be able to feed their families,” said Charlotte Johnson, a 18-year-old Liberian student activist, who survived the Ebola pandemic. “100,000 people are dead, cities are burning, and the country hasn’t had a day of mourning? Lives don’t matter, especially not black lives. It’s like they’re living in a failing state.”


  1. Is Washington Post Eastern media ?

    1. So now u r playing Eastern & Western media tune!

      News r news & yet u only want to read news that's in sync with yr f*cked thinking!

      Walau-eh… when news reported r not in tune with yr twisted mind, they MUST be coming out from Eastern media!

      There r minions, but minions behaving like u r more than western indoctrinated dickheads. They think they r forever been bereft of their WASP originality due to circumstances beyond their controls.

      U r a forlorn banana hating his skin!

  2. In USA, 500 year old "civilized" White knee on helpless Black neck, "I can't breathe...."

    In China, 5,000 year old "civilized" Yellow knee on helpless Yellow HK neck... "Neither can I...."

    Same same, 4,500 years wasted, didn't learn anything.

    1. What have u learnt in yr yrs of civilization?

      Ooop… equating riots with riots!

      Except the HK riots happened with blurred 废青 demanding independence that they DON'T have rights too. While the US riots r the result of yrs of Black lives brutality by a skewed enforcement!

      For u they r belonging the same category of oppression!

      Better sooner that u can't breathe bcoz
      of the thing that sticks in yr throat when u r regurgitating yr diarrhea.

    2. US of A is only 325 years old la, not 500 years

      The White imperialist had 'neck-knee' its own blacks for all these 300 odd years. Don't let this protest fool anyone. It will quieten down and these ex slaves will still be discriminated. Be assured of this. You just can't change the nature of the White beast.

      So China must be more vigilant than ever. The beast is at its most dangerous when it feels its grasp weakening.

      Did not little boy Joshua Wong urged his White Master to sanction China for almost a year now ? Did not that fuckery Jim Lai and cohort Anson Chan gang flew to the Capitol to get ask Congress to pass a bill to sanction China ?

      Now when Beijing passed the much needed national security law, and willingly accept whatever the consequences, WHY THE FUCK these traitors still crying again ?

    3. Christopher Columbus "discovered" America...1492
      Mayflower landed in Plymouth.....1620

      OK-lah, I give them a few more years here and there....similarly you could ask when EXACTLY did China become a proper country or civilization?

    4. Oops...typo...USA 243 years old

    5. "when EXACTLY did China become a proper country or civilization?"

      How about way long before the ancient Athenians have discovered elitists democracy?

      Ooop… maybe u DON'T know when was the various city states of Greece established?

      How about 6th century BC, approximately equal in time for the Great Tang imperial dynasty of China that ruled from 618 to 907, with an interregnum between 690 and 705.

      BTW, Athenian elitist democracy was suppressed by the Macedonians in 322 BC. It was only later revived by the founding intellectuals of Western civilization in the 18th century. But its original basic doctrines were changed & evolved into the current demoNcracy with major emphasis on bipartisan election!


      "OK-lah, I give them a few more years here and there."


      Intellectual pigmy & blur history bluff!

  3. Big Bully in playground, use big stick to draw line (nine-dash ha ha ha), around all the rides, kick all the small kids out, don't want to share...just like his father, grandfather and all ancestors going back 5,000 years, all sama sama, never learn manners, how to be cultured, civilized, and be fren fren with neighbours, especially weaker ones.....Everything My Wan, where is Genghis Khan to teach this Bully a lesson.

    1. Keep farting!

      U r doing fine.

      Soon u will be invited to croak under that fart filled well.

      No need to understand civilization, no matter how long & diverse.

      That well ONLY has a small spackle of overhead light that all those croaking toads think the world of their lives!

    2. Better stick to Malaysian politics shenanigans, hehehe

      Keep a wide berth from other stuff if not up to mark, wa ka ka ka

      Why China never claim SCS all these years until recently ?

      Maybe the fact that having 400 US military bases surrounding you have something to do with this ? When the big bad wolf is lurking at your doorstep, the least you can do is to arm oneself, even with a mere slingshot, right ?

  4. sinve yr writes is published on a western media, do i hv to take u seriously or i shall refer to globaltimes?

    or we do as our jerk did, quoted western media when it suit him?

    that said, i still dun know how the coverage is diff. the western media never ask the black to go back to africa?

    1. Wakakakakaka…

      Now kill the messenger who brought news that tickling yr petrified neurons!

      What differences can a small minded 犬养 toad living under a fart filled well?

      Same small spackle of light overhead mah!

    2. Batty just can't see it, no matter how in plain sight, hehehe.

      Blind as a bat

      The Western media are the pits. They gang up to shit real hard on other countries that don't toe their BS line. The only time they are true and right is when they go for each other's throats. That's when we can pick that up for payback time, hehehe. Faham tak ? If this still eludes you, then just drown yourself in batshit this time, not not soup, hehehe

  5. CCP has a million minority people locked up in Xinjian, and everyone happily continues doing business with the CCP.

    Too bad, the Uyghurs have no chance to tell the world "I can't Breathe"

    1. Old moneyed mfer, watch the YouTube of Ananguli - a Uyghur beauty who speaks Mandarin many times better than u!

      Ooop… keep that urban legend of a million minority people locked up in Xinjiang for yr wet dream.

      Better still DON'T wake up. Bcoz in a real world urban legend doesn't sell anymore. Especially those that have been proven purely western propaganda!

    2. Mmm...more like you can't breathe cuz you have been neck-deep into Orange Buffoon's butt though chanting BS 1-million a million times will turn it into facts ! As per your " facts known throughout the world", hehehe.