What’s even scarier is the fact that in Ohio it is legal to openly carry a gun, yet John Crawford got shot for openly carrying a toy gun. And as you said this all happened in a fucking Walmart, one of the nations largest gun retailers. But the idea never occurred to that police officer that he might have been a customer.
Perhaps what’s scarier above all this is that innocent Black people being killed by the police is the norm in America.
How many pictures, videos, and reports of protestors (and journalists) being teargassed, manhandled, arrested, and beaten are necessary for one to see the injustice for what it is? One.
24/7 livestreams. I’ve probably watched over 60 hours of footage since that day Michael Brown was shot. 60 hours of police intimidation, brutality, and even censorship.
Not an ‘understatement,’ but do you think some of the information coming out of Ferguson is overblown by cops in order to create the impression that they are stopping crimes far more than is actually occurring?
(PoliticusUSA) Dozens of people were arrested and police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse a rioting crowd after a riot broke out in the aftermath of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire. While the story was reported by national news outlets, the amount of violence and property damage that occurred Saturday afternoon and evening was not sensationalized anywhere near the same manner the Ferguson protests were. USA Today and CNN had rather vanilla headlines with the story. Meanwhile, Fox News buried the story on their main page and MSNBC didn’t even have the story featured on their front page.
Worse, the Keene rioters are generally not described as rioters,but rather “rowdy” students or “drunken revelers.” Further, the people of Keene are being portrayed as the victims of the riot, while the citizens of Ferguson are portrayed as the perpetrators.
There will be no jokes about food stamps or welfare, because the perpetrators are white and that’s not the stereotype. No one will call the Keene rioters “thugs” or suggest the police should have shot them all. No one will point to the scourge of white on white crime. No one will accuse all white parents of not knowing how to raise law-abiding kids.
The difference between the coverage of Ferguson and Keene is the difference between black and white. When someone tells you “it’s not about race,” know they’re wrong.