1. This is traveling the identical route as the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman fiasco, and I wonder when the intentional similarity will begin dawning on the public, discrediting the participants and embarrassing the news media, which is as Pavlovian as the most conditioned canine.
2. In an environment where race grievance vultures lie in wait, the usual rule of prudence—an ethical value— for law enforcement becomes a fatal error. Now, if a police department waits and investigates before making an official report or filing charges when a white individual has killed a black one, it will be spun by those seeking to find sinister motives, and the news media will take the cue.
3. As in the Martin case, the victim was immediately portrayed by his family as being as threatening as a Care Bear, except for his race. Martin was introduced to the public by the news media with an old photo that made him look about 12. Michael Brown was introduced by his promising future: he was going to college, and his parents were proud of him, as if these factors are proof of unquestionable virtue and innocence. He was unarmed, and a teenager. But as I learned for the first time by seeing the surveillance video of the alleged robbery, he was a huge teenager. A man that big doesn’t have to be armed to be dangerous. Naturally, all public impressions of the incident were formed before any of this came to light. This also addresses the new outrage by protesters that the video was released to “justify” the killing. The video let us know that Brown wasn’t a harmless kid, and that’s valid information now.
4. Brown’s arrest was portrayed as random harassment, a case of “walking while black.” This may have been true: the officer says he was stooped not for the robbery, but for walking in the middle of the street. Did Brown think he was being arrested for the robbery, thus raising the stakes for him and perhaps provoking him to resist?
5. Upon the release of the video appearing to show Brown in the act of robbing a store and assaulting the store manager, an NAACP spokesman told Jake Tapper that “this didn’t justify in effect executing him.” That is a wildly irresponsible and dishonest statement, redolent of the “stalking” claims made regarding Zimmerman. There is no evidence at all that Brown was “executed” for the theft. There is no evidence that race was involved in Brown’s death, except for the race hucksters like Sharpton and the NAACP for whom a black casualty at the hands of a white man is prima facie proof of racism.
6. The protests and calls for “justice” for Brown is just Martin redux. None of the protesters know what happened, or what that “justice” should be. If a huge petty thief resisted arrest and grabbed for an officer’s gun, dying in the struggle, he received justice, for example. “Justice,” at this point, is code for “Make Michael Brown another symbol of pervasive white racism in American that we can exploit for political gain, regardless of the facts.” It worked with Trayvon.
7. The police obviously botched this crisis at every turn. They race-grievance industry is well-organized and slick, but it is also predictable, or should be. The reason for the arrest should have been made public immediately, the name of the officer involved as well. Battling protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets just played into the racist cops narrative.
8. Maybe Brown’s death was triggered by race bias. Maybe a menacing teen made an officer feel that he was in danger. Maybe the whole incident was just a tragic series of miscalculations. It doesn’t matter. The facts don’t matter, and whatever the facts are, the response of the usual suspects trying to exploit a tragedy for extra yardage in the race grievance game will be the same, and will be largely aided and abetted by the news media. The passengers on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman ethics train wreck just got off when it stopped rolling, and boarded in Ferguson.
9. Race relations in the U.S. are going backwards, and if you want to know why, check the passenger list.
NOTE: this post has been updated.