Or, “How to get from one absurd news story to another…”
The New York Times story began this way: “Last year, the tennis champion was shown with light skin in an instant noodle ad. Now, she’ll be portrayed as a manga character, and illustrators insisted on getting details right.” Yes, this is what passes for news in the paper that refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story before the election, except to mock it. They would never mock white-washing accusations about a Japanese tennis star about to become a cartoon character. Now that’s news that’s fit to print!
Why I finished reading such a story, I do not know; I have no life, I guess. So I soon came upon this:
Naomi Osaka, 23, the highest-earning female athlete on the planet, has emerged as one of the most vocal antiracism activists in the sports world. In the July issue of Esquire, she wrote about tackling racism while inhabiting multiple identities. Before matches this year, she wore masks bearing the names of Black victims of police violence.
Ah! So the opinions of this non-American athlete about U.S. racial issues matters—why? Because she is rich? Because she is bi-racial (Osaka is the daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian-American father)? Because she knows anything at all about America and its race problems? Or because the half-baked, ill-informed positions she spouts happen to be the “right” ones?
If you picked the last, you get…well, nothing, but you’re right. According to an earlier article (in Forbes), Osaka presumed to protest police brutality and racism by wearing face masks bearing these names: Breonna Taylor, Elijiah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice. You know: black victims of police violence. Except:
- Ahmuad Arbery wasn’t shot by police
- Elijah McClain’s death was from cardiac arrest, and whether police violence was involves has yet to be determined.
- Trayvon Martin’s death did not involve the police at all.
- Castile was shot when an officer thought he was pulling out a gun (the officer was acquitted of all charges)
- George Floyd’s death may well have not been caused by the officer’s conduct, as Floyd was over-dosed on Fentanyl
- Breonna Taylor was killed when her boyfriend started shooting at police, and they shot back.
- Tamir Rice was indeed a victim of excessive police force by an incompetent officer.
Good list! One out of seven incidents conclusively involved victims of police violence. If Osaka is going to make such inflammatory statements, she should demonstrate that she know anything about the controversies she’s grandstanding about. Obviously, she doesn’t. “I feel like I’m a vessel at this point to spread awareness,” she told Forbes. Awareness of what? That police killed Martin and Arboury? That being black has anything to do with Floyd’s death?
She’s a vessel of anti-police propaganda. Meanwhile, what’s Tiffany May’s excuse? At least Osaka lives in Japan and is a typically ignorant pro athlete who shoots off her mouth irresponsibly. May is allegedly a reporter, and the New York Times is supposed to care about facts. How does May get away with writing that Osaka “wore masks bearing the names of Black victims of police violence.” That’s false, and all May would have to do is read her own paper to know it’s false.
But let’s pause and consider one of those “victims of police violence,” the late Breonna Taylor.
Taylor’s death is being prosecuted as a crime, when it pretty clearly is not: that’s what the threat of race riots does to the justice system. She did not deserve to die, but the police did not set out to harm her either. However, activists have ginned up indignation and anger to poison public opinion, and Ann Coulter, whose screeds I normally wouldn’t use in which to wrap used coffee grounds, provided a neat summary of just how innocent a victim she was.
It seems that Breonna Taylor was knee-deep in the criminal enterprise of her sometime-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, who was running a massive drug operation, selling crack cocaine and fentanyl to the citizens of Louisville….
The morning after Breonna was killed, for example, Jamarcus told his baby mama (on a police-recorded phone call): “This is what you got to understand, don’t take it wrong, but Bre been handling all my money, she been handling my money … She been handling sh*t for me and Cuz, it ain’t just me.” He detailed the amounts when an unidentified male got on the line, saying, “Tell Cuz, Bre got down like $15 (grand), she had the $8 (grand) I gave her the other day and she picked up another $6 (grand).”… In addition to “handling sh*t” for Jamarcus, Breonna had bailed Jamarcus out of jail, driven with him to a “trap house” (where the drugs were sold), and allowed him to use her address — the site of the raid — for his mail, phone bills, a bank account and jail bookings. All this in 2020. Police GPS tracking showed that Jamarcus had been to Breonna’s apartment six times in January alone, and had called her from jail dozens of times since they had allegedly broken up.
More significantly, police had photos of Jamarcus picking up USPS packages at Breonna’s apartment as recently as Jan. 16, 2020, then taking them directly to a trap house. The photos are available online. (If only our media had access to the internet!)
And of course, back in 2016, after Breonna had rented a car for Jamarcus, police showed up at her door because … a dead body was found in the trunk. The murdered man turned out to be the brother of one of Jamarcus’ co-conspirators. Surely that gave Breonna an inkling that Jamarcus was not walking on the right side of the law.
These are a few of the reasons why, on March 13, Louisville police planned to execute four simultaneous no-knock search warrants on homes associated with Jamarcus’ drug operation: 2424 Elliott Avenue (the trap house, where vast amounts of crack cocaine, fentanyl pills and guns were found), 2425 Elliott Avenue, 2426 Elliott Avenue (the houses next door, used to hide guns and drugs), and 3003 Springfield Drive No. 4 (Breonna’s apartment).
Although all the warrants were written as “no-knock” to protect the officers and prevent the destruction of evidence, the police did knock and announce themselves at Breonna’s apartment. The officers say so, and at least one brave neighbor broke with “the community” to admit he heard the police announce themselves…
The first officer through the door was shot by Breonna’s boyfriend — who eventually admitted he shot first — and the officers returned fire, hitting Breonna five times, one fatally. (All proved by federal ballistics reports.) In the commotion after the shootout, the officers never executed the search warrant. That was confirmed by a police investigator to the grand jury — and also by Jamarcus, who said in jailhouse recordings that his money was still at Breonna’s house…
Read it all, but you get the basic idea, and most of this had dribbled out in various sources, though not sufficiently that the average American doesn’t still think that Taylor was an innocent bystander shot by racist cops….to say nothing of the opinionated Japanese tennis star who wants to be a cartoon heroine.
Pointer: James Hodgson