These Polish men emphasized that there are unsavory elements in the march.
Me? I don't know the full story of the march. As I did last year, I post a variety of viewpoints. I caution against using the march to advance the Bieganski stereotype. I acknowledge that there are unsavory elements in Poland, that is, anti-Semites, and other thugs. You can see my posts on this topic from last year here.
What is the full story of the march? I don't know. I can't know. I'm not in Poland, and I am cautious of media reports on all sides, as is necessary when it comes to controversial stories that powerful individuals and entities use to advance their own agenda.
I invited these two Polish men to write their own accounts of the march, and submit them to me for publication here. If they comply, I will post their accounts. If they don't comply, we lose the chance to hear their point of view.
Below please find two photos from New York Times coverage.
One shows nationalist extremists. The other shows gay rights activists. The NYT said that this counter demo was much smaller.
In these two images, the NYT creates an image of Poland as a land overrun with fascists, where a handful of gay rights activists bravely struggle for existence.
We don't see, in this coverage, the hundreds of average, everyday people visible in the previously posted eleven-minute video.
That's why I say that those of us who are not in Poland, and who rely on mainstream media, or even YouTube videos for our accounts, can't know the full story of the march.
So. If you are in Poland, and you think we need to hear a more negative account of the march, please do send it to me. Thanks in advance.
|Adam Stepien source: NYT|
|Marcin Obara source: NYT|