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The Roundtable: Who Benefits from Structural Polarization?

In the current media economy, there's big money to be made in dividing Americans into hostile camps.

The May 14 shooting in Buffalo, New York took the lives of ten people at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The shooter explicitly claimed to be motivated by replacement theory, an ideology that posits that White Americans must act to prevent being demographically “replaced” by other ethnic and cultural groups. The theory, which originated in white supremacist circles, has grown increasingly mainstream in recent years. A group of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the ideology and its implications. In this segment, the panelists discuss the current state of political polarization in the United States.

Sharon Kyle argues that catastrophes like the Buffalo shooting, and the media firestorm that follow them, benefits the powerful, from the NRA to corporate media.

“What concerns me is this narrative that we have the left opposing the right, and I believe that it is the top who has no concern for the bottom., she says. “We really need to look at who holds the power in this country, who benefits from these tragedies.”

Cliff Schechter concurs that divisiveness provides media and politicians an opportunity for profit. 

“I think there are places we can come together,” he says. “As long as there's money to be made and there's power to be gained, you will always find some people that will demonize other side.” 

Watch the full discussion below:

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Roundtable Guests:

Cliff Schechter, Commentator

Matt Savoy, Co-founder, The Free Thought Project

Sharon Kyle, Publisher, LA Progressive

Jim Denison, Denison Ministries