Does the Commentary Class Know that Multiple Things Can Be True at the Same Time?

On the strange “either/or”-ism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder

Daniel Whyte IV
Arc Digital
Published in
9 min readJun 4, 2020

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It’s been over a week since George Floyd was senselessly killed by (now former) Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Despite the lockdown and social distancing measures invariably enforced around the globe, protests sprang up in Floyd’s community and in over 100 cities worldwide. Riots, looting, and vandalism also bubbled up, leading to the damage or destruction of over 250 businesses in the Twin Cities area alone. Peaceful protests and destructive confrontations played out in Chicago, Atlanta, Sacramento, Boston, Birmingham, Sioux Falls, Seattle, D.C., and a bevy of other places.

We have seen all this before.

What we’ve also seen before is the grievous display of extremism from professional pundits, politicians, and social media warriors. Again and again we are told:

  • If you are sincerely outraged at the death of yet another unarmed black man, you can’t possibly condemn riots and looting.
  • If you genuinely believe that “black lives matter,” you can’t possibly say that “all lives matter.”
  • Either the police are wholly the enemy or they’re the good guys, there is no

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Daniel Whyte IV
Arc Digital

Scifi/fantasy nerd pretending to be serious by writing about culture + faith. Signal booster for common sense, objectivity, and humor.