to what extent do you think a liberal, educated, middle-class bias has to do with some people's opinions about the trucker convoy?
they way some people talk about it, you can really hear the disdain in their voice when they say "trucker," and I can't help but feel like there's this class dynamic that's going unchecked. people love to shit on truckers, always have. I'm not saying they're a group with the best track record, but I mean you could say the same about priests...
this whole this is so damn messy... but what gets to me the most is the tone people have about it... it just really rubs me the wrong way
I think there's something to this.
I havent been following it super closely, so I'm not sure what all liberal outlets are saying about it, but I think that tone generally exists-- dismissing or belittling the thing because they're "uneducated truckers!!" and not because it's actually just fundamentally fuken wack. They feel like they can dismiss it out of hand because it's working class rednecks who don't know what they're doing. Which is true (and I use the term redneck endearingly), but liberal criticism comes from a place of looking down their noses, not engaging with a substantive criticism that actually deals with why it's so silly.
Someone addressed this tone in this reportback, referencing counter-protestors on the ground in Ottawa:
"Most of the signs were either calling for more police, complaining about inconveniences like sound and traffic, or making fun of the demonstrators for being unvaccinated and/or stupid. “Honk if you failed civics,” “Self-driving trucks can’t spread covid,” “Ottawa police act now,” “Make Ottawa boring again.” A lady with a wordy sign about how vaccine mandates save lives mistakes me for a member of convoy protest and chastises me for apparently being illiterate, “Did it take you a few minutes to read that one, honey?” I have a graduate degree and no business being this personally offended but I feel a surge of rage at downtown liberal elites who think the problem is that these people just didn’t go to school long enough."