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‘White Supremacy’: The Liberal Media’s Racial Narrative vs. Common Sense

Posted on | December 8, 2018 | No Comments

 

One of the dishonest rhetorical tricks that liberals have recently played is to substitute “white supremacy” for “racism” as an accusation with which to smear conservatives. You might imagine we were living through a neo-Nazi revival, the way liberals keep finding “white supremacy” lurking everywhere. The use of this scary term, which conjures up images of goose-stepping Nazis and cross-burning Klansmen, became necessary after groups like the SPLC discovered that merely calling someone a “racist” had become ineffective. Liberals have so overused “racist” as to deprive it of any meaning other than “a white person I don’t like.” If you spend much time analyzing political rhetoric, you realize why liberals developed this habit of name-calling. Because they advocate policies that won’t work or which taxpayers can’t afford (the U.S. government is already $20 trillion in debt), liberals must engage in deception to gain support. Identity politics is once such deception: Claim that a policy will benefit a particular group that is disadvantaged or oppressed, and then accuse opponents of the policy of “hate” against the group.

Consider the way law enforcement was demonized by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The disproportionate prevalence of crime in the black community means that, if police are doing their job, they will arrest a disproportionate number of black criminals. An analysis of crime statistics reveals that black males, who are less than 7% of the U.S. population, commit about half the violent crime in the country.

Most of this is black-on-black crime, so if you want to protect the safety of law-abiding black people, especially women and children, this will involve arresting and prosecuting a lot of black male criminals. Quod erat demonstrandum. Accusing the police of “racism” simply for doing their job is easy. Just wait for an “incident” to happen:

By depicting criminals like Michael Brown as innocent victims of racist police, activists sought to exploit widespread public ignorance about the reality of crime and law enforcement in America. Heather Mac Donald exposed this reality in her book The War on Cops, pointing out that a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by black man than the other way around (see “Putting Homicide in Perspective vs. the Media’s ‘Atrocity Narrative’ Propaganda,” Oct. 3, 2017). 

All that was necessary to discredit “Black Lives Matter” was to cite these facts, but CNN and other liberal media outlets were devoted to stoking anti-white rage in the black community, since such sentiments tend to benefit the Democrat Party. And if you point this out — the partisan aspect of racial politics in American — guess what they’ll call you? Yep, you’re a “white supremacist”! Because Democrats claim to care deeply about black people, any criticism of Democrats is condemned as “white supremacy,” and every time Republicans win an election, “racism” is always blamed. Because intelligent people cannot be forever deceived by political propaganda, however, liberal bias actually contributes to white resentment, as they perceive the racial favoritism involved every time the media mourns a slain criminal suspect as an “honor student”:

SWISSVALE, Pa. — Hundreds gathered in a school auditorium [June 25] to pay respects to Antwon Rose, the unarmed 17-year-old high school student who was killed by a police officer last week.
Rose, a rising senior and honor student, was shot three times after fleeing a vehicle during a traffic stop and running away from officers. . . .
Mary Brookins, a substitute teacher at the school, said she is hurt and confused by Rose’s death and said the teen was always respectful to her.
“I have sons and it could have been my son,” Brookins told NBC News. “I can always remember that smile he had.”
“No one has a harsh thing to say about him because there is nothing harsh to say,” added Lillian McClain, who grew up with Rose’s family.

 

CNN actually broadcast Antwon Rose’s funeral live, which is remarkable. In a nation where there are more than 15,000 murders annually, how many murders does CNN cover, as crimes of national significance? So far this year, 474 people have been shot to death in Chicago. How many of those funerals did CNN cover? But never mind that. What about the “honor student” Antwon Rose? Why was he “fleeing a vehicle during a traffic stop”?

A teenage boy has been charged in last week’s drive-by shooting in North Braddock — an incident that happened minutes before Antwon Rose was fatally shot by police.
Zaijuan Hester, 17, of Swissvale, was arrested in the Hill District around 11:30 p.m. Monday for cutting off his ankle bracelet in a prior case, authorities said.
Charges against Hester for the June 19 drive-by were filed Wednesday morning. A criminal complaint shows that he is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, receiving stolen property and a firearms violation. . . .
Minutes after the drive-by shooting, a car matching the vehicle’s description was stopped by East Pittsburgh police.
Rose, 17, was shot by Officer Michael Rosfeld as he and a second passenger, later identified as Hester, ran from the car.
Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide Wednesday.

The drive-by was caught on surveillance video:

The video showed the rear passenger window rolled down before a handgun emerged and fired .40 caliber bullets. Casings from those bullets at the scene of the shooting were later positively identified as having come from a .40 caliber Glock found under the back portion of the Chevy’s passenger’s seat.
Detectives said that the person in the front passenger seat, where Rose had been sitting, did not fire any of the shots, the complaint said. . . .
[Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman] McDonough said Rose was unarmed but that two semi-automatic handguns were found on the floor of the vehicle.

So the “honor student” was riding along with his buddy Zaijuan Hester, gunning for somebody in a drive-by and, while Antwon Rose didn’t fire any shots, there were two guns in the car. The officer who shot Antwon Rose has been charged with murder, and clearly violated proper procedures, but where is the “racism” here? If you participate in a drive-by shooting, get caught by police and take off running, what do you expect to happen? But common sense is now “racist,” I suppose, and those who watched CNN’s coverage of the Antwon Rose case were not informed that the “honor student” was an accomplice in a drive-by shooting, because that doesn’t fit the narrative.

What is the effect of the media’s racial credibility gap? If intelligent people see that CNN is deliberately distorting the news, and that these distortions involve a racial bias, isn’t it likely that this will foster resentment toward the beneficiaries of the liberal media’s bias? That is to say, rather than blaming the media, some white people will blame black people, so that media bias has the perverse effect of inciting attitudes that might be called “white supremacy.” Having thus fostered racial division because of their biased coverage, the media will then cover the phenomenon of “white supremacy” as if this was something that developed spontaneously, and in which they were not complicit.

If you don’t want armed teenage hoodlums creating havoc in your community, you’re a white supremacist, according to CNN. And what’s worse, you might even vote Republican.



 

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