There are a whole lot of people in America. Lots of black men have no criminal record, and some cops really are bullies. I don’t believe in any of that “institutional racism” stuff, but I’ll bet if the MSM looked hard enough, they would be able to find some case of a white cop killing an innocent black man for no reason. Why do they push cases where the police self-protection claim obviously has some merit? Doesn’t that distract from the teachable moment we’re supposed to be enduring?
Steve Sailer (who in these days of escalating victimolatry is really indispensable) has called Ferguson a fiasco for the Democrats-MSM, but they don’t seem to have suffered from it. Ironically, if Officer Wilson had been indicted, the case wouldn’t have been nearly as useful to them. After all, the narrative being pushed is “racist white cops murder innocent blacks and get away with it“. Assuming the goal is to stoke the anger of blacks and give journalists an opportunity to display their moral superiority over the masses, losing the actual court case is something that has to happen.
So, what the media wants, the case that produces maximum mobilization of Leftist clients, is the least defensible police killing that whites and juries will defend, or the most defensible police killing that the black community will still be outraged by. If an armed black gangster opens fire on the police and gets shot, that’s no use, because blacks themselves will think it justified and may well thank the police for ridding them of such a character. If a white cop shoots a black man for no reason, most whites will want him punished, especially if the event starts getting a bit of national attention. That’s no use either; everybody on the same side does nothing for mobilization purposes. Ironically, the MSM might thus end up not pursuing the most egregious injustices of law enforcement against blacks.
In between is the sweet spot, the media resonance point, that will naturally be amplified by the media system. Police/young black man altercation happens, leaving the latter dead. Journalists and/or civil rights leaders cry racism. Accused policeman has a decent enough justification that non-elite whites stick by him. This outrages the Left, drawing more attention to the case. Once a critical amount of resistance remains in the face of media pressure, this can be cited as evidence of institutional racism and widespread white bias. This leads some whites to distance themselves from the policeman’s supporters and others to dig in–either response brings more attention to the case.
So, we have a system that naturally maximizes the animosity between races. Wonderful.
Filed under: Uncategorized |