Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide
On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally.
Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010.
The Searchlight rally was generally oriented toward the political "right."
The Los Angeles rally was generally oriented toward the political "left."
Now, if you had only the entrenched media as your sole source of information about these rallies, you might likely assume (without even bothering to investigate) that the right-wing rally was an epicenter of hate, racism and craziness, whereas the left-wing rally was undoubtedly about peace, tolerance and rationalism.
Luckily, we no longer have to rely on the mainstream media. In both cases, citizen journalist bloggers were on hand to document the proceedings with eye-opening photo essays:
Two rallies, not very far apart in time or location -- and yet they couldn't be more different.
I consider myself neither left-wing nor right-wing, and I disagree with one side or the other on various issues -- but after viewing these images, I don't think there's any question where I'd feel more at ease.
Below is a sampling of images from each rally. (Click on the links above for the full reports.) Scan them and tell me: At which rally would you feel more comfortable?
Show this essay to people you know who are liberals, or conservatives, or middle-of-the-roaders, and ask them: In all honesty, if you had to choose to be associated with the protesters at either rally, which would make you least embarrassed?
They say you are defined by the company you keep. Time to choose:
Right-wing rally, Searchlight, Nevada, March 27, 2010
(Photos by El Marco)
Left-wing rally, Los Angeles, California, March 20, 2010
(Photos by Ringo)