The AP Stylebook Has Attempted to Re-Define the Word “Riot” for Exactly the Reasons You’d Expect

Words and ideas are the most powerful tools a human can wield.

They can be used for tremendous good, like the ideas that sparked the foundation of the greatest human experiment to date.

They can also can be used for the perpetuation of terrible and dangerous ideas, such as the ideological cancer that is cultural Marxism and modern liberalism which has been cleverly rebranded as progressivism.

The Associated Press’ well-respected Stylebook has been altered to reflect a sickeningly politically correct redefinition of the word “riot” so that the “grievance” behind such occurrences isn’t overshadowed by the whole, burning, looting, and killing thing.

This isn’t a joke.

“Use care in deciding which term best applies,” the AP now instructs, according to The Post-Millennial. “A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium.”

So, they suggest judicious use of the term “riot,” avoiding it even when it may be applicable.

As they advise, “focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality, or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s.”

Look, I don’t care why you loot, burn down buildings, and attack random citizens and law enforcement officers, if you’re rioting, you’re rioting.

History remembers the Civil Rights activists who marched peacefully and, openly inspired by their Christian faith, practice distinctly passive forms of civil disobedience.

Rosa Parks didn’t burn down the bus, she sat in the front.

Those brave young men sat at the counter at Woolworths, they didn’t smash its windows and loot it.

MLK led thousands on a peaceful march through Washington DC where he gave one of the greatest speeches in U.S. history. I’m sure he didn’t consult the AP Stylebook while crafting that famous speech. He didn’t have to. He used easily understood words and ideas to change hearts and minds, not to deceive them to reality.

The moment you conflate what these brave, honorable Americans did with terrorizing the public, looting high-end fashion outlets, burning down small businesses, and launching coordinated assaults on officers of the peace is the moment you begin lying. It is the use of brain-washing at its best.

You know who else does this? ISIS. They claim not to be terrorists, but simply freedom fighters following Allah’s command to rid the world of infidels. In other words, blowing up innocent people in crowded public spaces isn’t terror, it’s their exercise of religion. As the AP Stylebook says, you must take into account the underlying grievance of the terrorists.

What a crock of bull——. (I’ll let you fill in the blank.)

Who does it help to paint the reality of far-left riots with a veneer of respectability simply because they claim to be fighting for civil rights?

How does it help black lives or working-class Americans to cover for the people who are terrorizing their neighborhoods and pushing for policies that will leave them riddled with crime?

The AP is complicit in one of the greatest hoaxes that has ever been played in modern politics, the thinly veiled radical Marxism that is “social justice.” They can put all the lipstick they want on this pig. It’s still ugly.

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