Perpetuating the Narrative
Facts are easily discarded when they get in the way of an appealing narrative.
It is now beyond a shadow of a doubt that the media narrative behind the shooting of Michael Brown is completely false. Brown was no gentle giant, honor student; he did not get attacked out of the blue; he was not surrendering; and he did not die without good reason. But the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, continue unabated and the demands for the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson rise with them.
The media still reports on the rioters as justified protesters fighting against oppression and the wrongful death of a Black martyr. What they are really demonstrating for is an intimidatingly-sized criminal with an incredibly low amount of impulse control and a box of stolen cigars. Their calls for the prosecution of the police officer who shot Brown amounts to a demand that Blacks have the right to steal and attack police without repercussions. Because slavery and Jim Crow, of course.
How can the media continue to perpetuate this false narrative in spite of all of the facts that have now come to light?
Because professional Black journalists like Jamelle Bouie spin a tale that they can’t help to jump on aboard with.
In “Why the Fires in Ferguson Won’t End Soon,” Bouie gives his mostly White liberal audience exactly what they want to hear—that this whole incident is due to evil racist White people:
Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you’ll hear a story about the police. “One of my friends had a son killed by the Ferguson Police Department, about 10 years ago,” said Carl Walker, a Vietnam veteran and former parole officer who came to show his support for demonstrators in Ferguson. “They wouldn’t release the name of the officer who killed him. Why wouldn’t you release the name?”
“The cops said he shot at them—case closed,” said Al Cole, referring to a cousin who was killed by Ferguson police in 2000. “Even as a teenager, 13 or 14 years old, I’ve been slammed on police cars … now I try to avoid riding through Ferguson.”
“Some police say they saw me at a house, pulled me, said I fit a description, locked me up, and found out I was on parole,” said Craig Beck, who was watching demonstrators under the shade of a burned-out QuikTrip convenience store. “They said I threw a plastic baggie, which they didn’t have when they took me into custody.” He continues: “I beat the case, but you know, this isn’t new. This happens every day.”
Everyone—or at least, every black person—can recall an incident. Everyone can attest to friends and relatives who have been harassed, assaulted, or worse by the police.
This nice little fairy tale is its own version of emotional pornography. Let’s call it Black outrage porn. These types of stories take a few anecdotes of Blacks saying they got an unfair hand from the police, completely ignores crime statistics that show these young men are far more likely to do no good, and puts all of the blame for why these areas are so shitty squarely on the shoulders of Whites. It vindicates Black anger and indulges the masochistic desires of White liberals to feel bad that their people are just so mean to those wonderful Black people (even when these wonderful Blacks beat and mug them). Continues
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