Whatever happened in Ferguson MO is a crying shame. A young man died in a hail of bullets and a loss of life is a loss of life no matter who it is. That was someone’s son and being the father of a son myself I can certainly commiserate with the family over this loss. The majority of whoever reads this blog will have to admit they weren’t there, they don’t know what really happened. The only folks that know what happened were the victim, the police that were on-scene and any onlookers that happened to be there.
Thanks to our wonderful press the real story has become lost in a myriad of grandstanding, hand wringing and sensationalism. All we really know is a police officer fired his service weapon at Michael Brown and he died of his wounds. Immediately the press makes hay over the fact that the officer was white and Michael Brown was black.
During the subsequent violence a black police officer shot a white young man. Where’s the press on that one?
Seems race baiting sells magazines and drives ratings up. I hope none of the reporters or editors involved in this reporting never get into a scrape that makes the headlines.
In my own personal experience I’ve been there. My mother was involved in an automobile accident that killed two people. Overnight my mother became the “poster child” for why seniors shouldn’t drive. Overnight she was front page news and the way the reporting was worded my mother came across as a crazy old lady who should have lost her license years before. She went to her grave with that stigma attached to her name. I remember the reporters beating a path to her door trying to get “exclusive interviews” because I know those drive ratings up.
And don’t get me started with the professional race baiters who run off to every event where a mix of black and white is involved (as long as the black person can be perceived as a victim) and fan the flames even more.
What I’m trying to say here is don’t take at face value everything that is put in print or read on the six o’clock news. Rarely does the reporting report all sides of a story. There is an agenda and “facts” that support the agenda are brought to light. Anything that doesn’t fit the agenda is discarded on the cutting room floor.
Please note I didn’t point a finger at “the liberal press” or “the right wing” with my frustration here. Both ends of the spectrum are just as bad. It is doubtful that if the police officer in question has to go to trial that he’ll be able to even get a fair trial. Lately there’s been reporting in what I see as a blatant attempt to tar and feather him in the press.
Sad state of affairs if you ask me.
If we are ever to improve race relations in this country we need to stop harping on the differences and look at what is in common. As long as the press and other media get all hysterical about white vs. black, white vs. hispanic, black vs. hispanic, white vs. martian or whatever the Fergusons will continue to happen.