Who Is Surprised To Hear That “Propaganda Causes People To Grossly Overstate Police Killings of Blacks”?

Who? Well, probably your friends on social media who think you’re a racist because you point out that Black Lives Matter is spreading lies and hate.

I read with interest this feature yesterday in my New York Times: “Few Charges, Fewer Convictions: The Chauvin Trial and the History of Police Violence.”

It covered two full pages—you know, it was important—and was pure propaganda: deliberately misleading, contoured to make a political argument under the guise of news analysis. I classify the reporters, Aidan Gardiner and Rebecca Halleck, as ethics villains, along with whatever editor gave a green light to publish this deliberate deceit.

It begins,

For many observers, the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, has felt like the culmination of years of outrage and grief over police killings of Black people in America. Video of the arrest that led to Mr. Floyd’s death inspired demonstrations that touched every corner of the country last summer, with protesters demanding justice for Mr. Floyd.

The Times reviewed dozens of similar cases in which encounters between Black people and police ended fatally. Though many cases prompted public outrage, that did not always translate to criminal indictments. In some cases, police officers were shown to have responded lawfully. In others, charges were dropped or plea agreements were reached. Some have resulted in civil settlements. But very few have resulted in convictions at trial.

These cases offer valuable points of comparison about what issues — video evidence, drug use, whether the person who died was armed — proved decisive in each outcome and what consequences, if any, officers faced. Even as the trial has unfolded, several events, including the killing of Daunte Wright just a few miles from Minneapolis, have provided a grim reminder that Mr. Floyd’s death is one in a decades-long history of fatal encounters.

Then we get a list of cases where blacks died as a result of police action. The facts of the cases are summarized briefly, often leaving out important facts. We are told, for example, the Eric Garner was “confronted” by police but not that he resisted arrest, nor that he weighed over 300 pounds. The Times reporters don’t deem it significant that Mike Brown tried to take away the officer’s gun, or that he was shot while charging the cop. In the case of Tamir Rice, the Cleveland 12-year-old shot while playing with a realistic toy gun that had its red tip removed, the article says that “a 911 caller reported seeing a person with a gun but said that it was ‘probably fake’ and that the person was ‘probably a juvenile,'” but does not add the crucial detail that these statements were not relayed to the officer.

I know most of the cases mentioned in the piece; for those I do not, I assume that I am being similarly misled. The Times isn’t reporting or doing legitimate analysis; this is advocacy, and unethical advocacy. Facts that would undermine the political agenda of the reporters, and by extension, the Times, are omitted. That is lying by omission.

The greatest omission is that only black victims are included in the article, which purports to be about “police violence.” Thus the article is designed to leave the impression that police only shoot or kill blacks, or, if a reader is smart enough to know that can’t possibly be true, that cops who kill white suspects are more frequently convicted by judges and juries. This is just false, and many sources prove that it’s false, including the Washington Post’s police shootings database. Why, for example, wouldn’t the Times article include the Fairfax , Virginia shooting of John Geer in 2013, which I know about because it was a local story here? They didn’t include it because Geer was white. There is no other reason. So even though the Times will not state for the record that the deaths of the blacks it features were because of “systemic racism”, the framing of its story leads to no other conclusion.

Coincidentally, Legal Insurrection alerted me yesterday that researcher Eric Kaufmann had recently published a study at the Manhattan Institute called “The Social Construction of Racism in the United States.” Its findings are remarkably obvious to anyone who has been paying attention and has the slightest understanding of human nature. “Exposing black survey respondents to a concentrated dose of critical race-inspired writing reduces their belief that they have control of their lives. This affects their trust, health, economic achievement and other aspects of well-being,” Kaufman writes. He adds that

“Progressives are deeply invested in the critical race theory narrative that America is a racist society that seeks to victimize people of color, especially black Americans. They believe this consciousness will lead us toward racial justice. But while the concrete benefits of this radical narrative are difficult to prove, the costs — in the form of lost black lives and prosperity — are painfully measurable.”

For example, although young black men are around 10 times more likely to die in a car accident than being shot by police, 81% of black Biden voters surveyed (and 70% of whites who agreed that “white Republicans are racist”) believed that police shootings was the more common reason for black deaths.

Articles like the Times piece contribute to this mindset, and deliberately so.

The blog’s author, “Fuzzy Slippers” (you know, Fuzzy, you do no favors to those who would cite your analysis by using such a silly screen name), concludes,

“Can America be saved from the lying race-baiters and -haters who seek only to divide, who seek to actively breed and nurture race hate and resentment for their financial and political gain? Call me optimistic, but I think we can get out of this horrible historical moment in tact, but not until enough moral and ethical leaders shine light on and reject the damage the regressive, neo-racist Marxists are intentionally sowing across and into the fabric of America. Sadly, my hopes for that fade with each passing day of silence from the people who know better but refuse to respond properly.”

I concur.

6 thoughts on “Who Is Surprised To Hear That “Propaganda Causes People To Grossly Overstate Police Killings of Blacks”?

  1. The true racists are those who believe they can exploit the willful ignorance of those they seek to dominate and who hold the key to the power they lust for.

    I have no use for people like that.

    We must demand that they prove their arguments and be willing to undergo cross examination. Why are we not demanding that?

  2. Speaking of propaganda scams, my favorite is the notion that the poverty rate in the United States is unchanged since the beginning of LBJ’s War on Poverty. Trillions of dollars later, the “poverty rate” remains somewhere in the twenty percent range. And why is that? Because governmental benefits are not counted as income! So, if you’re receiving benefits (housing, food stamps, welfare), you’re still poor because you’re not “making” any money, you’re just getting free stuff. And more money to alleviate poverty will go into the same hole, never to be seen again.

  3. From the article.

    The media serves up the stories and images we become attached to, shaping what we believe. Since 2014, major American newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post, as well as progressive online news sites like BuzzFeed, have greatly increased their focus on racism, sexism and other aspects of identity politics. This has produced what Matthew Yglesias terms “The Great Awokening,” a major leftward attitude shift among liberal, especially white liberal, Americans.

    Once again, we see the media caused the problem.

    This reinforces what was written in the media twenty-seven years ago.

    http://groups.google.com/g/alt.rush-limbaugh/c/gZg_XyptjyU/m/NiPCvQIctwUJ

    Well I have to look that up for myself. I’m just going by what I
    see/read in the news media.

    – Darryl Hamilton

    That’s an interesting approach, kind of like trying to determine the actual
    intelligence and character of Black people by watching “Birth of a Nation”….

    – Christopher Charles Morton

  4. It’s absolutely astounding that they set aside convictions obtained through plea bargaining from convictions obtained at trial for the purpose of determining how much police violence results in a conviction. Do they know how many general criminal cases in the United States are resolved through plea bargaining? One source puts it at 97% of federal convictions, and 94% of state convictions. Except they don’t frame it as somehow allowing evildoers to escape conviction, as the Times does in the case of police plea bargains. Instead they frame it as a sinister tactic used by prosecutors to deprive defendants of their right to trial by jury.

  5. The public is being BRAINWASHED with constant PROPAGANDA from the extreme political left.

    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X

    In a study of former prisoners of Korean War and Chinese war camps the psychologist Robert Jay Lifton made some observations about brainwashing. Here is an article that has his findings, How Brainwashing Works. Here is some information contained in the article:

    Steps Involved in Brainwashing
    1. Assault on identity
    2. Guilt
    3. Self-betrayal
    4. Breaking point
    5. Leniency
    6. Compulsion to confess
    7. Channeling of guilt
    8. Releasing of guilt
    9. Progress and harmony
    10. Final confession and rebirth.

    Lifton divided those steps into three stages: breaking down the self, introducing the possibility of salvation, and rebuilding the self.

    BREAKING DOWN THE SELF

    Assault on Identity
    You are not who you think you are. This is a systematic attack on a target’s sense of self (also called his identity or ego) and his core belief system. The agent denies everything that makes the target who he is: “You are not a soldier.” “You are not a man.” “You are not defending freedom.” The target is under constant attack for days, weeks or months, to the point that he becomes exhausted, confused and disoriented. In this state, his beliefs seem less solid.

    Guilt
    You are bad. While the identity crisis is setting in, the agent is simultaneously creating an overwhelming sense of guilt in the target. He repeatedly and mercilessly attacks the subject for any “sin” the target has committed, large or small. He may criticize the target for everything from the “evilness” of his beliefs to the way he eats too slowly. The target begins to feel a general sense of shame, that everything he does is wrong.

    Self-Betrayal
    Agree with me that you are bad. Once the subject is disoriented and drowning in guilt, the agent forces him (either with the threat of physical harm or of continuance of the mental attack) to denounce his family, friends and peers who share the same “wrong” belief system that he holds. This betrayal of his own beliefs and of people he feels a sense of loyalty to increases the shame and loss of identity the target is already experiencing.

    Breaking Point
    Who am I, where am I and what am I supposed to do? With his identity in crisis, experiencing deep shame and having betrayed what he has always believed in, the target may undergo what in the lay community is referred to as a “nervous breakdown.” In psychology, “nervous breakdown” is really just a collection of severe symptoms that can indicate any number of psychological disturbances. It may involve uncontrollable sobbing, deep depression and general disorientation. The target may have lost his grip on reality and have the feeling of being completely lost and alone. When the target reaches his breaking point, his sense of self is pretty much up for grabs — he has no clear understanding of who he is or what is happening to him. At this point, the agent sets up the temptation to convert to another belief system that will save the target from his misery.

    THE POSSIBILITY OF SALVATION

    Leniency
    I can help you. With ­the target in a state of crisis, the agent offers some small kindness or reprieve from the abuse. He may offer the target a drink of water, or take a moment to ask the target what he misses about home. In a state of breakdown resulting from an endless psychological attack, the small kindness seems huge, and the target may experience a sense of relief and gratitude completely out of proportion to the offering, as if the agent has saved his life.

    Compulsion to Confession
    You can help yourself. For the first time in the brainwashing process, the target is faced with the contrast between the guilt and pain of identity assault and the sudden relief of leniency. The target may feel a desire to reciprocate the kindness offered to him, and at this point, the agent may present the possibility of confession as a means to relieving guilt and pain.

    Channeling of Guilt
    This is why you’re in pain. After weeks or months of assault, confusion, breakdown and moments of leniency, the target’s guilt has lost all meaning — he’s not sure what he has done wrong, he just knows he is wrong. This creates something of a blank slate that lets the agent fill in the blanks: He can attach that guilt, that sense of “wrongness,” to whatever he wants. The agent attaches the target’s guilt to the belief system the agent is trying to replace. The target comes to believe it is his belief system that is the cause of his shame. The contrast between old and new has been established: The old belief system is associated with psychological (and usually physical) agony; and the new belief system is associated with the possibility of escaping that agony.

    Releasing of Guilt
    It’s not me; it’s my beliefs. The embattled target is relieved to learn there is an external cause of his wrongness, that it is not he himself that is inescapably bad — this means he can escape his wrongness by escaping the wrong belief system. All he has to do is denounce the people and institutions associated with that belief system, and he won’t be in pain anymore. The target has the power to release himself from wrongness by confessing to acts associated with his old belief system. With his full confessions, the target has completed his psychological rejection of his former identity. It is now up to the agent to offer the target a new one.

    REBUILDING THE SELF

    Progress and Harmony
    If you want, you can choose good. The agent introduces a new belief system as the path to “good.” At this stage, the agent stops the abuse, offering the target physical comfort and mental calm in conjunction with the new belief system. The target is made to feel that it is he who must choose between old and new, giving the target the sense that his fate is in his own hands. The target has already denounced his old belief system in response to leniency and torment, and making a “conscious choice” in favor of the contrasting belief system helps to further relieve his guilt: If he truly believes, then he really didn’t betray anyone. The choice is not a difficult one: The new identity is safe and desirable because it is nothing like the one that led to his breakdown.

    Final Confession and Rebirth
    I choose good. Contrasting the agony of the old with the peacefulness of the new, the target chooses the new identity, clinging to it like a life preserver. He rejects his old belief system and pledges allegiance to the new one that is going to make his life better. At this final stage, there are often rituals or ceremonies to induct the converted target into his new community. This stage has been described by some brainwashing victims as a feeling of “rebirth.”

    *****

    That is the relevant information that I found on brainwashing.

    As far as I can tell, brainwashing is exactly what has taken place and is currently taking place to a large swath of our population, it’s as if the social justice warriors have all joined an extremist cult and have undergone years of brainwashing. These people are happily leaping from the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for many years in the United States into the fire pits of pure totalitarianism and they’re using some of the same tactics as past totalitarians. Some examples of well known totalitarians that “inspired” massive social and government changes are:

    Joseph Stalin: former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
    Adolf Hitler: former Führer of Germany
    Mao Zedong: former Chairman of the Communist Party of China
    Benito Mussolini: former Duce of Italy
    Kim Il-sung: the Eternal President of North Korea

    Wake up people; the Constitution of the United States of America is actively being bastardized and stripped of its power by progressives and their political arm of brainwashed social justice warriors. What makes the United States of America what it is is actively being demonized and sent to the burning fires of hell. These people hate the United States of America and all it stands for. I can only guess that their end goal is to completely dissolve the United States and install a totalitarian government.

    I’d like readers to step up and present reasonable arguments to intelligently contradict my brainwashing argument.

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