Thursday, April 15, 2021

Media's Coverage Black And White


Talk about double standards and racism. If a black man with an extensive criminal record and a weapon in his possession is— necessarily or accidentally—killed by a police officer, the media goes nuts for days, weeks or even months on end. “White police officer guns down poor black man” they cry. Yet, when a white police officer guns down a short, unarmed white female who arguably was trespassing the media refuse to cover it. No mention of the victim’s race is allowed to be spoken, nor is the officer identified. Reports all agree that “the incident was justified.” Case closed. The science is settled.

 Ashli Babbitt is forever dead. And no one cares.

              Conversely, the offending officer in the first case is not only identified, but occasionally has his or her place of residence and personal information disclosed.

              The media, a.k.a. “the enemy of the people,” fiendishly fans the flames of racial hatred to get ratings and advance the leftist narrative and agenda. Tragically, this works, because most Americans are tolerant, empathetic, emotional and ignorant.

              A couple of months ago, Los Angeles-based Skeptic magazine published a survey showing that roughly half of self-described liberal or very liberal respondents believe that 1,000 or more “unarmed black men” are killed by police each year. Over one-third of those respondents believe that the number could be 10,000 or more. Similarly, when people were asked what percentage of those killed by police were black, every group overstated the reality by a factor of 2-4.

              In reality, a total of 18 “unarmed” black people were killed by police in 2020 and 13 in 2019, according to the very liberal Washington Post’s database on police shootings. And several of those were likely not “unarmed.” Moreover, the number of white people fatally shot by police is probably higher on a per capita basis than the number of blacks.  

              The number of black-on-black homicides, however, is astronomical. But no one wants to talk about that, in fact it is verboten to do so in “progressive” company.

              If black lives truly mattered to progressives, this would not be the case.


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