All Of This Has Happened Before

Guys, I know it’s fashionable to pretend this is a New Moment for American Journalism, but check it: 

It was already widely believed in the South that black men had been brazenly stockpiling ice picks, pistols, rifles and explosives in anticipation of a larger race riot. With millions of white men now serving in the armed forces and stationed away from their families, the story went, white communities were vulnerable to an impending assault. When that day came, black women—many of whom worked in domestic service—intended to force their white employers to cook and clean for them. “Eleanor Clubs are stirring up trouble that never should have arisen,” a white North Carolinian observed with worry. “Clubs are making the Negroes discontented, making them question their status.”

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One thought on “All Of This Has Happened Before

  1. MichaelF says:

    Can probably find numerous examples from almost any decade. Two I can think of offhand are Saddam’s WMD and the degree to which Iran-Contra was downplayed by the serious media…

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