Why did the protests over George Floyd turn into mass hysteria? by Frank Furedi

Hysteria is becoming the go-to flight from reason for millions of Americans. From Frank Furedi at spiked-online.com:

A new culture of groupthink is emerging, and it is causing mass psychosis.

One of the most distinctive things about the eruption of Black Lives Matter protests across the world is the speed with which they were endorsed by virtually every powerful institution and individual. From Hollywood to the churches, from big business to public-health officials, the word is out: support for BLM is essential, and in some cases mandatory.
Online influencers are vying with each other to show how much they support BLM. Elite institutions are now telling their people that they have a duty to come to terms with their racism. Prestigious institutions from Eton College to the British Museum have issued statements in support of the movement. Elsewhere, employees have come under pressure to adopt the symbols of solidarity associated with BLM.

There is something perplexing about the way that elite institutions and powerful people are falling over themselves to be on the side of the angels. It is almost as if they have concluded that unless they act with haste in relation to supporting BLM, they will be in trouble. In some cases, institutions and companies have gone so far as to attack other businesses and individuals who appear to have strayed from the party line. Reebok ended its partnership with CrossFit because it was outraged by the CEO’s insensitive tweet on George Floyd. CrossFit’s CEO, Greg Glassman, tweeted ‘It’s FLOYD-19’ after the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation classified racism and discrimination as public-health issues. Predictably, numerous well-known people got on the bandwagon to denounce Glassman’s tweet as racist.

 

2 responses to “Why did the protests over George Floyd turn into mass hysteria? by Frank Furedi

  1. Another article there is GREAT!!!
    CONFIRMATION OF THE OLD TRUISM!!
    “MEN THINK IN HERDS, THEY GO MAD IN HERDS AND ONLY REGAIN SANITY SLOWLY ONE BY ONE.”
    This is gong to be brutally slow or never as all the kiddies in the media are compliant useful IDIOTS pushing the narrative of the day trend.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/06/10/this-has-become-a-neo-maoist-war-on-the-past/

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