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October 02, 2020

New AP Style Guide: The Word "Riot" Is Hereby Strongly Discouraged In Connection With "Marginalized" Groups.
(Feel Free to Use Emotional Language With Crimes Committed by Non-Marginalized Groups, Though!)

New guidance on AP Stylebook Online:

Use care in deciding which term best applies:
A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people. The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium. (1/5)

So if it's a planned, coordinated antifa riot, it's by definition not a riot.

Got it, AP.

Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s. (2/5)

Unrest is a vaguer, milder and less emotional term for a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt. (3/5)

Also, "unrest" tests better with focus groups. We need to protect the Democrat Party's jihadist wing.

Protest and demonstration refer to specific actions such as marches, sit-ins, rallies or other actions meant to register dissent. They can be legal or illegal, organized or spontaneous, peaceful or violent, and involve any number of people. (4/5)

A protest can be "violent" and we mustn't call it a riot, but still just a "protest"?

Revolt and uprising both suggest a broader political dimension or civil upheavals, a sustained period of protests or unrest against powerful groups or governing systems. (5/5)

The point of that last one is that you can only use the word "revolt" when the left had decided it's time to drop the mask and simply launch an overt violent nationwide insurrection.

But you're also forbidden to call "protests," even if violent, "riots."

So you can't call them revolts and you can't call them riots.

You'll just have to call them by the poll-tested terms "protests" and "moments of unrest."







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