As if it needed any help…
The police-involved death of 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright, which on its apparent facts (“Oopsie!”) did not indicate either racism or police brutality, quickly demonstrated that this was yet another car on the George Floyd Ethics Train Wreck, itself but an extension of the Ferguson Ethics Train Wreck, which emerged from the Trayvon Martin Ethics Train Wreck. All have converged to intensify The Great Stupid, as many parties have learned nothing from the previous fiascos, and too many have learned the wrong things.
Recent unethical developments:
1. Naturally, there was a second night of riots. This is stupid and unethical by definition. So are media accounts like this one, picked at random, from The Boston Globe, about the previous night’s disturbances: “Officials announced curfews, schools suspended in-person classes, professional sports teams canceled games and businesses boarded up after a first night that included peaceful protests – but also clashes between police and demonstrators, as well as looting of local businesses.”
It included peaceful protests, you see, but then there was the rioting and the violence and the looting. This isn’t journalism, it’s spin. It is like writing, “the mob contained reasonable, concerned citizens, but also those who burned down businesses and attacked police.” It sets out to minimize negative reader perceptions—out of what motive? Sympathy? Bias? Incompetence? Malice?
Added: Dr. Emilio Lizardo adds this on the topic of the news media trying to establish the “peaceful protest” narrative.
2. In last night’s “mostly peaceful” rioting, the crowd chanted “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” There is no evidence that anyone ever said that; I wonder how many of the rioters know this? We can thank Black Lives Matter for that thoroughly embedded lie, as well as Michael Brown’s thug pal, whom the news media immediately granted unshakable credibility as he seeded an earlier riot.
3. NFL players immediately weighed in on a still developing situation that they have no expertise in, no excuse for speaking public about, and nothing but Colin Kaepernicksim—loosely described as ignorant and arrogant grandstanding—to contribute to. Here are samples:
4. Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey, speaking to reporters, declined to say whether he believed the officer should be fired and that she would get “due process” after the shooting. Can’t have that! Because he had indicated that he would wait for the facts to be determined, speak to the officer and her partner, review the video—you know, that “due process” thingy, Boganey was immediately fired by Mike Elliott, the city’s first African American mayor. The city council voted in an emergency session to give him “command authority” over the police department.
This “will streamline things and establish a chain of command and leadership,” the mayor wrote on Twitter. I can’t argue with that: lynch mobs always streamline things.
5. From the Other Side of Stupid, the right wing media dug up a video of the victim, Daunte Wright, brandishing a pistol and acting like a street hood. As with George Floyd, the character deficits of the shooting victim are completely irrelevant, and it is unfair and misleading to drag such a video into the conversation.
6. Leaving the stupidest for last, here’s irredeemable “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib:
We now return you to the usual scheduled stupidity.