So the Ferguson, Missouri shooting seems like an uncontroversial thing to write about. Nobody’s got strong feelings on this at all. It’s been a pretty quiet issue all things being equal.
I’m not wading into what happened. There’s only two men who know what really happened in Ferguson. One of them is dead. So they have to ask the cop. And maybe the witnesses. In the end, nobody’s going to ever get the truth. It’s the way these things go.
What really scares me though is the media’s narrative and the broader trends. Michael Brown, a young black man, was shot four days ago. It’s been front page news ever since. Every news outlet in the country is all over this.
But have you ever heard of Kevin McCullers? While backing out of his driveway on July 17th he was shot in the spine by a cop there to serve him a warrant for unpaid parking tickets. The officer claimed he believed McCullers was trying to run him over. The story never left the local news.
I’m not wading into what happened. There’s only two men who know what really happened to Mr McCullers. One of them is alive, but paralyzed. So they’ll have to ask them both. And maybe any witnesses. In the end, nobody’s going to ever get the truth. It’s the way these things go.
So why is one incident front page national news and the other incident pure local news?
In both cases an unarmed man was shot by a cop under disputed circumstances.
Well, that I’ll wade into.
1) It’s considered a bigger deal when an unarmed teenager is shot than an unarmed middle-aged man
2) The most fervent race baiters in our culture are the media because they think it sells
3) A lot of people probably think Mr McCullers should have just paid his parking tickets whereas I’m pretty sure Mr Brown was not initially accused of any crime
We’ve written about the enforcers previously. My problem is that both these incidents should have been covered by the media equally. We have a racial problem in America of varying degrees, it depends on who you ask.
But you know what, we also have an enforcer problem in America. And our inflammatory media should be covering that facet more than just the racial aspect. But they won’t, because as mentioned, they’re race baiters and profiteers first. The broader public interest doesn’t excite them or their wallets.
Do you still not get what I’m saying? How about this:
The District Attorney Jim Martin says Mr McCullers could have avoided a shot to the back had he entered into a parking ticket payment plan. Wow, clearly here’s a civil servant deeply concerned that an unarmed free citizen was shot over a pittance. This is the contempt you are held by at least some portion of the folks who are paid by you, to serve you.
I’m not saying in these two specific incidents that both these cops are horrible human beings. Maybe they both just made really bad mistakes. People, cops too, are human. And humans make bad mistakes every day. Or maybe Mr Brown actually tried to take the officer’s gun and Mr McCullers actually tried to run the cop over. Like I said, nobody’s ever going to get the real truth.
But what I am saying is that this kind of thing happens too often. Across all races, all ages, all of the country. Maybe it’s always been this way, and now we actually hear about it because of social media, the internet, etc. Either way, it’s got to stop or a free nation we are not.
Don’t listen to the media’s take alone.
Make sure you think for yourself.