Twisting The Race Narrative: Shifting The Blame For Crime

In the lead up to the 50th Anniversary of the historic March To Montgomery commemorated this past weekend, it was a busy week in the realm of race-agitprop. On Thursday the Huffington Post published a story titled “This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race and Policing”, a true tour de force of investigative journalism. After my first read of the article I had serious reservations, almost all of which pointed to the suspicion I have that the incident centering as the narrative trope did not occur.

Lacking a current event to galvanize and advance your cause, just make one up, right?

Advancing the narrative is an important duty, one which ProPublica took up in earnest in their March 4  long-form piece titled “Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here’s Why.” The crux of this piece being that a mixed race youth from out of town instinctively called the police in the aftermath of a shooting incident on Long Island, New York–which leads ultimately to disillusionment for the youngster and justification for elders who were wary of calling the police. A lot of prose is dedicated to justifying the points of view which determine that it is a fools errand to rely on the police for help in an emergency, or for justice after the fact:

As far as we could tell, no one had been hurt. The shooter was long gone, and we had seen the back of him for only a second or two. On the other hand, calling the police posed considerable risks. It carried the very real possibility of inviting disrespect, even physical harm. We had seen witnesses treated like suspects, and knew how quickly black people calling the police for help could wind up cuffed in the back of a squad car.

There you have it–the reasonably achieved justification that a portion of the population can shirk their civic duty because they have been taught to fear the system. Of course the piece never mentions the race of the assailant, which the writer claims to have seen. If it was a drunk white guy, you’d know. Race has been omitted here for a reason. The vicious circle as described by these above two pieces is self-serving, counter productive, and poisonous to the civic system.

The very same people who decry the lack of fairness in the justice system are the same ones who do nothing to counter “Snitches get Stitches” and inner-city-crime-thug-as-hero mythology. The very same people who decry a lack of police protection refuse to cooperate with investigations, glorify law breaking, and then claim it is profiling which results in disproportionate law enforcement outcomes. That makes sense.

As President Obama and others commemorated the Selma March anniversary, sadly, another unfortunate incident happened in relation to Cops V. Civilians, this time in Madison, Wisconsin, resulting in the death of a 19 year old accused assailant Tony Robinson. Herman Cain, former Presidential Candidate, published a very good look at the resulting protest backlash and media blitz that looks directly into the hypocrisy of the rush to judgement:

When you think about it without a partisan political motive, this only makes sense. If police can’t shoot a suspect who rushes them, lunges at them or otherwise attempts to assault them, you’re basically telling the officer his only option is to fight the guy in hand-to-hand combat. You’re also giving any suspect license to assault an armed police officer because he would have no fear of being shot.

Not only that, but if the officer isn’t allowed to fire his weapon at the suspect, then the weapon itself becomes a threat to the officer because it would give the suspect a greater opportunity to grab it during the course of the struggle and use it to kill the officer.

This simply makes no sense. And all these headlines about cops “shooting unarmed suspects” – which are clearly written for the purpose of implying that’s wrong – push a narrative that’s completely false in the context of the real-world facts about police work.

I could not say it any better myself.

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Why I Disbelieve @MzzzMariah and the White Castle Incident Narrative

On March 5, 2015 I read the Huffington Post story  titled “This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race and Policing”, and I immediately became suspicious that the story was untrue. My theory is that it was a fake incident used to create a blow-back story to advance the race agit-prop agenda. The reasons I will detail below:

  • No corroborating witnesses or event documentation: The only cited “witness” was a Huffington Post journalist, in front of the event in line. White Castle apparently does not have a video camera on it’s drive-thru lane, nor did any of the other persons in the immediate area bother to catch the event on their cellphone video. Our intrepid “witness”, whose twitter stream is full of videos and photos including a video filmed and posted less than an hour before the alleged event, conveniently does not document this incident in any way either, including getting the vehicle license plate so as to provide to law enforcement.
  • Incongruencies internal to the “witness account”: The event took place behind our only witness, yet she kept up with the action all the way until the purported “victim” went all the way through drive thru and left. This is indicated by the witness stating that she watched as the Drunk White Guy parked across the street to watch his victim finish her transaction and leave. Not sure how that would have happened in the sequence described. If on the other hand the witness was behind the incident in line, this makes more sense but this is clearly not the way she has described the incident. Also, supposedly, the Drunk White Guy drove completely around the victim vehicle, which based on the layout of the White Castle in question, would be impossible. Additionally, there is the below tweet:

    This in itself is inconsistent and diametrically opposed to the description of the event the “witness” provides in the original blog post about the incident (published on a local news blog) then written by the “witness” herself on HuffPo. First from RiverFront News blog:

    The white driver got ticked off when a black driver got to the White Castle drive-through line before him…Stewart says the driver, who appeared intoxicated, was angry because the black driver got to the drive-through line before he did…When the woman threatened to call police, the driver started circling her in the parking lot and yelling threats at her…Stewart, who was also in the drive-through line ahead of the commotion.

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Based on the Layout of this White Castle, which is where the event supposedly took place, I do not think it is possible for someone in a pickup truck to circle another vehicle in line.

Now, from the Huffington Post article (written directly by the “witness”)

I heard some commotion behind me. Two cars back, a white man in a pickup truck had his head out the window, yelling at the black woman in the vehicle behind me as she prepared to place her order. He apparently believed the woman had cut him off.

“Why don’t you watch where the fuck you’re going next time?” the man yelled. As the woman and her daughter placed their orders, the man drove out of line and pulled up beside them to yell some more. It was clear to me he was intoxicated…Then he circled the woman’s car with his pickup and drove across the street, watching, as the woman picked up her order and parked.

So we are very clear here: The only “witness” to the undocumented event provides two accounts of the incident for publication which contradict the tweet that the “witness” made immediately after the fact. One of the published accounts is written directly by the “witness” so there is no possibility that the journalist who wrote it misunderstood her story.

  • That was convenient: The “witness” is literally the Huffington Post stringer there on the ground in Ferguson, MO, whose salary has been crowdsourced from social justice warriors far and wide. Not only that, she was on her way home from a Ferguson Commission meeting about race relations. In no way is the “witness” a real journalist, mind you, but is an activist that is a party to advancing the agit-prop cause.
  • The Police Were Not Called: This is absolutely ridiculous. Of course, it is circular logic and self-supporting to the actual narrative internal to the article, and we will see the overall narrative that the media is trying to spin into reality, but there is no excuse for this. The magic words the “Drunk White Guy” said that prevented everyone within earshot of the incident from calling the police and which serves as the existential crux of the entire incident narrative (depending on which account you read, the wording changes)? “I’m white. Call them twice…” If the guy was so certainly drunk, as our “witness” certifies beyond a shadow of doubt, then anyone with a brain should have called the cops anyways. He was behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and could have caused catastrophic harm to any number of innocent parties. To fail to call the police is negligent at best, cowardice at worst.

To fully reiterate and break it down further: We are to believe that the Huffington Post reporter on the ground in the middle of one of the most racially divided areas in the United States of America, who had literally just left a meeting about race relations with a group of city officials and protesters, would be too afraid to call the cops due to the prospect they might be construed to be the guilty party despite everything just proceeding in this very sentence? Call me cynical, but in the end it seems it is much more valuable to create clickbait headlines on shady-likely-false events than to actually do your civic duty–including at the VERY VERY LEAST providing a license plate number to law enforcement to remove a potentially catastrophically dangerous driver from the road.

It is my theory that the event never happened and is instead a media plant to advance a narrative which coincided with other similar articles which came out last week, including an article dual published on ProPublica and Politico titled “Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here’s Why.”

I will let you guess as to what the narrative of that article is advancing.

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