Why such hype about the Michael Brown killing?
Aug 21, 2014
Why such hype about the Michael Brown killing?
By Brandon Martinez
Why is there such hype over the police shooting death of one African-American 18-year-old in the US? Every death is a tragedy, but the disproportionate coverage of the slaying of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this month is odd, don’t you think?
The disputed incident and its aftermath has been the mainstay of media headlines for weeks. Even international media outlets have picked up on the story.
In contrast, murders of white people in the US are not given proportionate coverage, and are in fact downplayed quite significantly by all major media.
When in 2007, a young white Tennessee couple, Channon Christian and Chris Newson, were abducted by five black assailants, sexually assaulted and then murdered in a brutal fashion, the national media was completely silent. Dozens of other murders of whites in a similarly grotesque manner go underreported or unreported by major outlets in the US and abroad. In fact, black-on-white crime is a veritable taboo in the mass media, never to be broached with any serious vigor.
The race of black or non-white perpetrators of violent crime is often completely left out of media reports. It is even worse in Europe where immigrants charged with violent offenses are given extremely lenient sentences for despicable crimes.
Unbeknownst to most people, white people in South Africa are in danger of genocide. Genocide Watch has been tracking the violent racist murders of South African whites, especially farmers, who have been killed in the tens of thousands since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Yet you’d never know about it if you were an avid follower of mainstream media.
America’s black community has mobilized mass protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown, alleging the cause of the tragedy stems from white racism in the Ferguson police force. The race of the offending police officer in this instance is being heavily emphasized, whereas if the roles were reversed (i.e., Michael Brown was white and the officer who shot him was black) than the race of the officer or the slain teen would not even be an issue here. In fact, the death might not even have been reported outside local media.
The moral particularism of some African-Americans is hard to ignore. Citing a 2012 study by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, American Free Press writer Victor Thorn pointed out that “in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.” Thorn quotes an FBI crime report which stated that “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” “By contrast,” Thorn explained, “the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.”
Some of these violent crimes are committed explicitly due to the perpetrator’s racist contempt for the white victims, yet such incidents are rarely covered in any substantial way by major media.
Despite numerous studies and FBI crime statistics that consistently demonstrate the disproportionate number of violent crimes committed by blacks and other minorities in the US, there are never any mass demonstrations against the perpetrators of these crimes. African-Americans are not protesting the racist attacks against whites in South Africa. No, they are silent on the issue.
The fact is that the political power of whites in the US and other Western countries has declined dramatically over the past 50 to 60 years. Today, it is not uncommon to find harsh critiques of white history in high schools and universities. The constant bleating about slavery and colonial-era misconduct of European states is the bread and butter of the history and sociology departments of most major universities. Yet other racial and ethnic groups are not faced with the same obsessive historical scrutiny. People of African descent are not told to feel guilty about the plethora of atrocities that have occurred on their continent of origin over the centuries, including slavery which is a crime most races and cultures on earth have tried their hand at; Chinese are not told to feel bad about the colossal misdeeds committed by Chairman Mao’s communist regime or other dark periods in Chinese history; Jews are not made to feel remorseful over the fact that many of their people spearheaded Bolshevism and are responsible for the carnage and cruelty it inflicted upon the people of Russia and Eastern Europe. But white people are implored to hang their heads in perpetual shame over the actions and policies of their elite hundreds of years ago when morality wasn’t quite as far up the humanist ladder as it is today.
As Jared Taylor of American Renaissance pointed out in a recent video entitled “War on Whites,” racist outbursts against whites by prominent people in society are not met with hostility by the media or academia. It is perfectly ok to insult whites and make crass generalizations about them. Taylor cites several recent articles appearing in mainstream periodicals headlined “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” and “Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen.” Those responsible for such diatribes are rarely, if ever, reprimanded or scrutinized. One extreme example is that of Noel Ignatiev, a Jewish former professor of American history at Massachusetts College of Art who founded a bizarre magazine called “Race Traitor” and notoriously called for the white race to be “abolished.” The Race Traitor magazine’s tagline is: “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.” Many other examples of this kind of hate speech against whites can be found permeating mainstream media and academic discourse in the West, yet if similar things are said by prominent whites against other ethnic groups, there is overwhelming backlash from all areas of society.
The double standards are clear as day on the issue of race. Ethnic minorities in the West are encouraged to be ethnocentric, chauvinistic and to act in concert with one another to advance their ethnic interests, whereas whites are condemned as racists for doing the same. White academics such as Philippe Rushton are scolded, hounded and harried for even suggesting, based on scientific data, that there are biological differences between the races.
I’d say it has something to do with the social action that the citizens have taken up against this particular murder rather than the tragedy itself. Having worked a conservative news station for years, both behind the scenes and as a journalist, I feel I have an understanding on how major news networks work. The media is covering the protest of the murder. The facts of the actual murder are ancillary to the socially relevant protest which is particularly distressing given the history of race in America. This is an important distinction because Michael Brown’s death would have been overlooked, if not for the protests.
Alternatively, if there are murders that you feel are especially egregious, whether race plays a factor in it for you or not, maybe you can use the Michael Brown situation as a case study on how to build media awareness. News media these days are no different than your website in that viewership is king. Everything is monetized based on viewership. The networks tend to pickup what their audience appears to be interested in.
What are your thoughts?
September 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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