There’s a tale to be told, and it’s about hypocrisy.
The hypocrisy of American politics, the hypocrisy of our current administration, the hypocrisy of the media, and the hypocrisy of race and racists.
This particular tale doesn’t stem from another dimension — though, at times, it seems as if our nation is like a pocket turned inside out. This tale comes directly from the United States of America and the state of Utah.
This is the tale of the Anti-Ferguson Event, in which a black cop shot a young white male two days after Michael Brown was shot, and no one notices or cares. TV is silent. The newspapers are silent. This isn’t a page one event across the nation, spreading like wildfire.
I submit: that is entirely purposeful in nature. Purposeful on the part of the American Media Maggots. Info grazing tells you that.
Let’s get into some specifics, courtesy of the Washington Times:
Ferguson-like attack in Utah escapes media notice; race bias seen
Discrepancy in attention given to Ferguson’s Michael Brown, Utah’s Dillon Taylor fuels resentment
by Valerie Richardson
On the surface, the cases appear nearly identical: Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor, two young, unarmed men with sketchy criminal pasts shot to death by police officers two days apart.
But while the world knows of the highly publicized situation involving 18-year-old Mr. Brown, whose Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Missouri touched off violence, protests and an angry national debate, most people outside Utah have never heard of 20-year-old Mr. Taylor.
Here’s the difference:
Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white and Hispanic — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake wasn’t white.
Another article about the incident is here, covered by a local media outlet.
In the Salt Lake City incident, my guess is that the officer’s name and face won’t be revealed across the nation. My guess is that the media won’t go to his home and show it on TV, with sufficient background B-roll footage to give perspective of the house in relationship to the neighborhood. And my guess is that the media won’t show the house numbers, either.
My guess is that the officer’s behavior won’t be pigeon-holed as incredibly, terribly racist in nature, and that he won’t be quantified as setting out to kill a white young man or an Hispanic young man at the beginning of his watch.
Additionally, my guess is that the officer won’t be displaying injuries from having had to fight Dillon Taylor. And my guess would be that Dillon Taylor didn’t try to disarm the officer.
My guess is that Salt Lake City won’t be flooded with FBI agents looking to make a 42 USC 1983 case (also termed a “1983 Action”) out of the incident. My guess is that Mr Obama won’t mention a word about Dillon Taylor or the shooting. Not a peep.
My guess is that Eric Holder won’t personally appear, and that the Racial Pimp Brothers, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, won’t be arriving in Salt Lake City any time soon because, after all, the victim wasn’t black. Sharpton and Jackson only care about blacks.
Why would the media act like it has, and why would Obama and Holder and Sharpton and Jackson act as they have — with abject silence?
Why? Because there is no political objective to be scored, and no racial agenda to be thrust forward. A Leftist agenda, a Leftist meme of: white cops kill poor black children with shocking alacrity and frequency.
Innocent children who were doing nothing wrong and were holding their hands up sky-high. Innocent children like Michael Brown.
All 6’4″ and 292 pounds of him.
And, one massive fractured orbit later, the meme still stands.
Perhaps one might conclude I am anti-cop. I am not. I am a cop myself with 41 years of service, until I retire next year. I am, however, egalitarian in my consideration of proper execution of police procedure.
I am willing to wait until the facts come in with regard to Ferguson. And I am willing to wait until the facts come in on Salt Lake City. I think that the Ferguson officer and the SLC PD officer may both have had probable cause to act as they did. Race, as far as I am concerned, wasn’t even remotely a factor. Threat, as perceived, was.
I do, however, rail against hypocrisy and there is hypocrisy writ large and small with regard to Ferguson and Salt Lake City.
Yes, things are upside down in this country. I wake up in the morning and wonder just what new abrogation will occur in the nation that I used to recognize, but many times cannot any more.
Oh, I can recognize the route to work, and my house still looks the same. I can hear the trains at night. But the cultural landscape, that’s what looks so much more foreign to me these days.
I’ll state what I consider to be the obvious, though I’m sure some who read this — including some members of my own family — will consider me a donner of tinfoil. But the obvious is this: the bulk of America is ignorant.
They are ignorant of politics, they are ignorant of the government — from local to DC — they are ignorant of their money, their situations, and how they are so readily manipulated and malleable. Americans are mostly a good and generous people, but they can be brain-glazingly stupid about the reality that surrounds them every day. And now, their beaks immersed in their smart phones and their tablets, their navel-gazing has become not just astounding but overpowering. Many Americans — literally — do not see what is occurring around themselves.
Americans have been too ignorant for too long and the politicians are ensuring their ignorance is fueled for longer and longer periods of time.
But it is unsustainable. The ignorance is unsustainable, the money is unsustainable, the trend of More For Free is unsustainable.
We have set ourselves up for either a new Hitler, or some sort of a civil war.
I don’t see how we can avoid it. There WILL be an astounding crash; I just don’t know when.
This is an ongoing tale of hypocrisy, a tale that will never end, at least for the foreseeable future.