Selma, AL

How Media Changed the World for The Better

Toni Koraza

Media is not Satan’s spawn.

When Mahatma Gandhi set out on his iconic march to Dandi, a coastal town on the Arabinan sea, the whole world could see him walk for liberty.

During 240 miles long march, Gandhi amassed thousands of followers and gained sympathy across the whole world. The media was there. Tv houses broadcasted the story back to the UK, where the wealthy elite could finally see where the bulk of their money was coming from. 

Gandhi grabbed a splash of water lived on TV and dried it out in front of everybody. He made salt, which was illegal at the time. The British authority threw him behind bars. Even though Gandhi ended up in prison, that lone act echoed like dominos and eventually collapsed the British Empire. 

The world changed. The ruling class couldn’t hide a story anymore.

Indian people gained face and body and looked very real and relatable all of a sudden. From their home's comfort, the regime could see just how badly they wrecked the subcontinent, so they pulled out like it was never their business, to begin with. 

Selma, Alabama

Martin Luther King and John Lewis arrived in Selma, and every TV station in America rushed behind the duo. Something was cooking in Alabama, and it wasn’t pretty. These 3rd class citizens demanded something, as always.

The state and the city sent every man at their disposal to stop the peaceful gathering planned for that day. The brutal beating of people marching for civil rights was recorded, and the world could once again enjoy the front seat to horrific treatments of underprivileged minorities. 

The recorded bestiality exposed the treatment of not just black Americans but everyone that didn’t entirely fall into the scope of a meritocratic privilege in America.

Martin Luther King didn’t come to steal or take something that wasn’t his. 

He was not even fighting for the same rights. He was happy with Civil rights.

Just Civil.

Can’t we be civil?

The world watched, and cried, and said that something ought to change.

Chief Deputy of Montgomery came to Senator Lewis’s office 52 years later and apologized for what he did on that day. 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

When officer Derek Chauvin sadistically kneeled on Floyd Mayweather's neck for 8:32 seconds, the world could see the man’s final breath. 

George Floyd was maybe not the role model for your kids, but nobody could agree that he deserved to die like that. The year was 2020, and you could watch a man draws his last breath begging to be released.

“I can’t breathe,” he said.

And the world grasped for air too. 

The poor man was brutally murdered in front of their eyes, slowly suffocating under a knee of a sadistic police officer.

The institutions that were supposed to protect the people were actually putting people in danger. And people took it to the streets like an angry mob.

“You’re lucky we’re not here for revenge,” one woman shouted.

The media gave us yet another front-row seat to the horror flick that was playing all along. The world didn’t turn bad all of a sudden. 

The media just exposed the everyday horrors now.

However, Chauvin still has a chance to be released. In the history of the United States, a police officer was never sentenced for the murder of a black person. The case of Brianna Taylor just further proves the point.

Zero is a statistical anomaly; it’s an impossible number.

So, we’d need another round, sadly.

Washington D.C.

The Media was there too when the manchild in charge cried election fraud while actively obstructing justice.

The Liberal Media, for the first time in my life, did exactly what I learned in school it was supposed to do. They double-checked in on the government.

And the lies came to light.

People were not stupid. American people were not stupid. The people consistently voted for the objectively better candidate, despite the political theatre and outrageous charades. People knew that the Media couldn’t be trusted. People know that the police can’t be trusted that the senate and the house and the president can’t be trusted.

But if we hear them all out, we, The People, can decide what’s best for us, our families, and our communities.

The power of media is in being present. You can stand at the crime scene and judge for yourself. You can hear all the parties involved and decide who to trust.

Media is the 4th executive branch that lets you decide. 

Without Media, there is no democracy.

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