To the Editor:
The Connecticut shoreline has a racism problem. You can see it in the way that this newspaper writes its stories. An example is the recent, “Clinton Crossings shuts down after looting threats.”
The article stirred up a great deal of concern that upper class, white families on the Connecticut Shoreline were in jeopardy of being targeted by violent protesters. However, there was no evidence that this was a credible threat.
In fact, it flies in the face of all evidence to the contrary. First, NBC published proof that white nationalist groups have spread false rumors of looting and riots in predominantly white suburban towns in order to create negative sentiments against protesters and the Black Lives Matter movement. Secondly, it is illogical to believe that protesters would announce in advance when and where they would be looting. This is not how looting has occurred across the country. In the select circumstances in which it has occurred, it has happened spontaneously and in close proximity to massive protests that were met with police violence.
The relatively small and tame protests that have taken place in Clinton have not even been located near Clinton Crossings. The way we tell a story can dramatically affect the perception of events.
The way this one was told will serve to alienate the local shoreline community against the protests by creating unfounded fear for their safety. It is irresponsible journalism to have published about the closure and reopening without mentioning the possibility of white nationalist involvement or the far-fetched nature of the “threat.”
The article should have been titled “Clinton Crossing Closure Fueled by False Rumor Spread by White Nationalists.”
Kara Fikrig, Guilford