Friday, September 5, 2014

The Times Magazine cover: The Tragedy of Ferguson

I haven't read this issue yet, but I find the cover extremely interesting.

It shows a man, *kneeling on the ground*, with his arms up.

The implication being that "the gentle giant" was kneeling on the ground with his hands up when he was shot by the police officer.

Was this the case?


When you've got a 6 ft 4 guy coming at you, disobeying orders to stop and get on the ground, then you shoot him, regardless of whether or not he has his hands up. Because if he gets close enough, he grabs you, overpowers you, and takes your gun.

But Time seems to want people to think that "the gentle giant," was in fact defenseless.

A far cry from 20 years or so ago, when it....or was it Newsweek? deliberately darkened O. J. Simpson's skin color, when they put him on the cover after being arrested for his wife's murder, to make him seem more menacing.

Now they seem to have gone in the opposite direction - all blacks accosted by police are innocent and being harassed, and all white cops kill them without compunction or a second thought.

(Never mind that a white cop shooting a black individual is very rare... how many riots have we had over this - two in the last few years, the Trayvon Martin case and this one?  And how many blacks have been killed by blacks in Chicago.... in the last week? Where's the outrage and the call for change over that, Mr. Obama, Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Jackson, and UN?)

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