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Conservatives Fearmonger About America Being On Fire, Avoid Engaging Seriously On Police Brutality

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 20: A person celebrates the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on April 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on ... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 20: A person celebrates the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on April 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020.  After video was released of then-officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, protests broke out across the U.S. and around the world. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 22, 2021 12:15 p.m.

If you watch Fox News or other conservative media, you might think America’s cities are engulfed in flames right now. They are not.

We’ve seen it before. In the wake of the insurrection, conservative media and Republicans alike attempted to distract from conversations about who and what might have incited the attempted-coup by handwringing over the amorphous “antifa” and falsely equating the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol to Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.

Now, on the heels of the guilty verdict that a jury in George Floyd’s cases announced Tuesday for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, conservatives are employing a similar tactic — pushing the idea of an America up-in-flames to avoid engaging seriously on another issue: the issue of police brutality as a symptom of systemic racism.

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