There was a fascinating editorial in the Washington Post this morning, I thought. See if you agree. It read in part…
At point-blank range, a Fairfax County police officer a year ago fired one shot, killing an unarmed man standing inside his home. The man, John Geer, was distraught and had been drinking — his longtime girlfriend had moved out and called police when he threw her things into the front yard — but he held no hostages, brandished no weapons and, so far as we have learned, posed no serious threat either to police or to public order…Shot in the chest, he was left to bleed to death inside his doorway while police officers, remaining outside the house, did nothing for an hour. Five and a half hours after the shooting, his body remained sprawled on the floor where he died.Incredibly, the authorities in Northern Virginia — including Fairfax County police and state and federal prosecutors — have refused to furnish any explanation for this stupefying sequence of events last Aug. 29 in Springfield. They have stonewalled…The officer who fired the shot, who remains on the force with full pay, has not been identified.
The authorities conduct themselves as if the case presented insurmountable complexities. This strains credulity. It involved one shot, one gun, one shooter and one fatality. It took place in broad daylight, at mid-afternoon. It was witnessed at close range by at least two other police officers, as well as friends and neighbors of Mr. Geer. And still authorities refuse to act or discuss Mr. Geer’s death…Will no one take responsibility and make some decisions in the unexplained death of Mr. Geer?
Don’t you think it would have been helpful, not to mention responsible and ethical, for the Post to remind its readers of this case while it fully participated in the media-driven race-baiting and hysteria over the shooting of “unarmed black teen Michael Brown” in Ferguson, Missouri?
It is also interesting, given the fact that the Brown-Wilson case is still very much in the news and on the tips of accusatory pundits’ tongues, that the Post neglected to mention the irony embodied by the quite legitimate lament of its editorial now. Ferguson? What’s that got to do with Fairfax?
For Eric Holder works about a 20 minutes drive from Fairfax County. He has not had a solemn meeting with Geer’s grieving family. He has not announced a civil rights investigation of the shooting. The President has not made a point of expressing concern about the circumstances of John Geer’s demise. He didn’t send his representatives to Geer’s funeral. No hoards of reporters have descended on Fairfax, nor have there been marches, vigils, demonstrations and riots. Howard University, not far from Fairfax, has had protests in support of Brown, calling for “justice.” No similar demonstrations for Geer have occurred, at Howard or anywhere else.
MTV, the MTV VMA Awards, the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and the Southern Poverty Law Center haven’t made public statements pronouncing Geer’s death as a racist “execution,” as they have regarding Brown’s death. Al Sharpton has not been sighted. MSNBC has never breathed Geer’s name. The mayor of Atlanta hasn’t declared on national television that “justice” means that the officer who shot Geer must be prosecuted. The Democratic Governor of Virginia, unlike the Democratic Governor of Missouri, hasn’t tried to bias the administration of justice by pre-judging the cop involved in his state’s shooting and calling for him to be tried. The news media, meanwhile, did not flood the airwaves and internet with photos of Geer cuddling kittens, looking angelic, or taken when he was twelve. In fact, it hardly published any photos of him at all. Geer’s grieving parents have not been interviewed by Anderson Cooper.
The Post’s editorial didn’t even mention what race Geer was. I had to look for photos of him online: none of the Post’s stories mentioned his race. He was white, of course. Because he was white, no one assumed that he was shot because the shooter was racist. Because of that, the story wasn’t national news. It was barely local news: I pay attention, and I missed this incident completely. No wonder some of the otherwise intelligent and fair commenters here, during the recent debates regarding Ferguson, challenged me and others to find any parallel example to Brown’s shooting involving a white victim. Of course, there are many. They just don’t get turned into race riots to gin up the Democratic base, and are happily ignored out of existence by gullible progressives who are dedicated to a world view where the police, and whites, or “white Hispanics” like George Zimmerman, are hunting African-Americans.
By any rational measure, the shooting of Geer appears worse than the Brown incident, based on the facts we know. There was no evidence that Geer was resisting arrest, or showed any aggression toward the officer. While Brown lay dead for hours, a major source of anger in the community, Geer lay bleeding to death for an hour, when he might have been saved, then was left dead for approximately as long as Brown was. The Ferguson agitators were incensed that the police took so long to identify the officer responsible or release any details about the shooting after a few days. The Fairfax police, which are a highly regarded organization in one of the richest communities in the nation, haven’t released the name of the officer or details of the shooting yet, and the event took place a year ago.
Both shooting victims reportedly had their hands raised in the air, except that in the case of Geer, nobody disputes it.
Don’t you think?
Here, then, are some suggested answers to the question posed in the headline above: Why haven’t you heard about the shooting of John Geer?
- Because he was white, so his death could not be used to magnify race tensions for political gain.
- Because raising the circumstances of Geer’s death would make the presumptions of race-baitors, race-hucksters and those who are dedicated to making Officer Wilson the next George Zimmerman as obviously premature, unreasonable, unfair and dishonest as they are.
- Because while excessive police violence is an important problem, focusing on both the Geer and Brown deaths would make that issue the topic of the national debate, not institutional racism, which is the most potent weapon for Democrats to use against Republicans…
- …and an election is coming.
- Because the news media is incompetent, biased, and corrupt to the core.
- Because the Geer story would distract from the agreed-upon narrative, that Mike Brown was shot by a racist cop.
- Because the presumption of racism has been a pervasive tactic of the defenders of President Obama for six years, so while a white cop killing an unarmed white man is a local story, when the dead man is black, it is a national story that validates that defense.
I’m sure there are other good answers. I’d be especially fascinated to hear the answers provided by the Post, or Holder, or Spike Lee, or Sharpton, or New York City Councilwoman Anastasia Robertson, who posted this on Facebook:
“No one can remember the last time an unarmed white person has been killed by police.”
Yes..why is that?
Might it be so Anastasia and others can get away with racist accusations and continue to mislead and inflame the low-information fools who vote for incompetent, divisive, racist hacks?
I gave some of my answers.