For a few weeks the media has been putting forth the story in these terms: “Police shoot unarmed man.” Then, well I’m watchin’ a movie in between typing this, so let’s just do the bullet points I can remember, (remember how many times the story changed after OBL’s assassination?)
Unarmed man shot by cops
White cop shoots unarmed black scholar
Riots and looting
Criticism of police response
Militarism of the police
Video showing suspect robbing convenience store, (minutes before getting in fatal altercation with police)
rioting increases after video is released.
president interjects his usual platitudes into the fray
No here’s where I misuderstood the rioters. I would’ve thought, the new information that this guy was a thug who wouldn’t have got himself shot if he hadn’t got in a fight with a cop responding to the robbery, that maybe people with a little sense would’ve thought, hey, maybe this rioting thing isn’t helping our case. No, there’s something that has been infused into Black America that has reinforced the behaviour, no matter what facts get in the way.
Here’s the thing. I have no idea what happened at the scene where the petty thief got himself shot. I don’t know if the cop was right or wrong. I don’t know if there was or wasn’t a struggle.
What I do know, is none of that matters. Because the rioting and looting blacks have become the thing that matters. A petty thief is dead, probably as a result of his own actions. The rioting and looting is just a megaphone of who the petty thief was.
update: I hate everything about this case. I hate that there’s a part of our culture so conditioned to think this way.