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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Finally, pictures of the six Baltimore police officers


Here are the officers charged in Freddie Gray's death (clockwise, from top left): Caesar Goodson Jr., Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Brian Rice, and William Porter.

When I first read their names a few days ago, I figured Caesar Goodson (who was charged with the most serious crimes) was black just because of his given name, and suspected that Alicia might be as well. (William Porter was a bonus.)

But the media was awfully slow to release their photos.

If the media had made clear a week ago that three of the six officers involved were black, might that not have quelled the severity of the riots? Wouldn't that have been the more responsible thing to do?

Nah. Evidently it was more important to leave people with the vague impression that Gray's death was just one more example of racist white cops hunting for another young black man to kill.

Does that not make the media somewhat complicit in the damage done to Baltimore?

14 comments:

Spychiatrist said...

As they say John: a picture be worth a thousand words.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

John Craig said...

Spike --
Another thing about these thousand word pictures is that all six cops look a little shell shocked, as if they can't quite believe what's happening to them.

Anonymous said...

Well, I no longer trust or believe much of what the mainstream media say's. I look at other sources for the truth.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
Smart move.

jova said...

The media is certainly partly to blame. But the I consider the politicians to be the main culprits

Obama and his racially motivated justice department could have stopped the anti-white narrative when Trayvon Martin was killed. Or he could have ignored the incident, instead he inflamed racial tensions further by commenting and sending in the feds

it continued with Michael Brown in Ferguson and again Obama and his team got involved to drum up support just before the mid-term elections.

Ann Coulter sums it up best..It's beginning to look as if the Democratic Party can't whip African-Americans into an anti-white frenzy to turn out on Election Day, and then say, "OK, thanks, guys! That's all we need."

John Craig said...

Jova --
No question, Obama and Holder are largely to blame as well. The amazing thing is how it's always the ons where the narrative is most false that seem to whip up the most outrage. The Michael Brown case was a hoax from the start, though that didn't stop protesters form chanting "hands up" long after the facts in the case were in and showed that Darren Wilson's shooting of Brown was completely justified. And with this Baltimore case, now that it turns out that thee of the cops were black, the racial angle seems to fade. But with the South Carolina cop, where it really WAS a case of a white cop just plain murdering a black, there's been virtually no publicity since the incident.

Anyway, yes, this administration does its best to fan the flames of racial resentment -- which they have, on both sides. It seems as if they and the media are working in cahoots.

secede said...

Edward Nero is white. Nero is Italian for black. Alicia White is black.

White is black and black is white.

John Craig said...

Secede --
Never knew that. Hmm. So Franco Nero was black too…..

Steven said...

If they did withhold the photos then yes absolutely. They have a certain discourse, they badly want to run with it, and then quite often the facts contradict it. They end up with egg on their face, which they don't acknowledge as if nothing happened.

Rinse, repeat.

John Craig said...

Steven --
And repeat, and repeat…..

Anonymous said...

Hey John--Did a black guy just shoot a white cop in NYC and if so shouldn't the white people protest against this racism? Or maybe I just dreamt it. Forget it, it doesn't matter as white lives don't matter anyway, only blacks lives matter. Or so it seems if I didn't know any better. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
Yes, that just happened, and it looks as if the cop may not make it. But the shooter is in custody, and there's no doubt he'll get a stiff sentence, maybe even the death penalty. The blacks protest when they feel they're not getting justice, not when the white guy is put in jail. For instance, there haven't been any protests in South Carolina because that white shooter was immediately put in jail (as he deserved to be). Now I disagree with many -- if not most -- of their interpretations of events, like the Michael Brown and Trayvon martin cases, and there's never any excuse for rioting, but at least they generally don't protest in a case like the SC one.

As far as your larger point, though, the imbalance between white and black reactions to an instance of interracial violence, there's no question that it's way out of whack.

Anonymous said...

Last yea, by way of another website, I learned about the gruesome murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsome, a young couple from Tennessee. These two people were viciously attacked by black thugs, literally being tortured to death. Somehow, the mainstream media failed to report the story of this couples' death to the country, because quite possibly, the average citizen would have been extremely outraged by what Channon and her boyfriend endured (leading to their deaths). The mainstream media controls what it wants the public to know - some stories which don't deserve national coverage (e.g., Mike Brown), we hear about constantly, and other stories (actual tragedies with true victims), the public hardly hears a peep about them. I call it unbalanced, biased journalism.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
There are a lot of cases like that, where we never hear about it because the mainstream media doesn't want it publicized.

Brings to mind the old expression, "if a tree falls in the woods…."