Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One Bad Apple, All Lives Matter

Hot Air's Jazz Shaw demonstrates perfectly the problem with the perception of police brutality in America towards people of color, and specifically black men, and does it in two paragraphs.  Number one:

Yesterday, when I wrote about a police shooting in the northeast corner of Illinois, I received some of the same questions which always come up after the cops kill a suspect. Why, some readers ask, must you always defend the police? Why don’t you talk about the bad cops who act maliciously? In general, the answer has been that there are so many good cops and so few bad ones that they tend to merit the benefit of the doubt. But in nearly every one of these situations I have included the caveat that police forces are composed of fallible human beings and there are some bad ones out there. Unfortunately, we seem to have found one of them in South Carolina.

"One bad apple."  Got it.

Number two:

Unfortunately, this incident will be run up the flagpole to build on the narrative that there are armies of racist, evil cops out there. It’s equally sad that essentially all of the media coverage – including the article linked above – still has to begin with “a white officer” and “a black suspect” since this would be an equally tragic story regardless of the race of the actors involved. That can’t be avoided, but the best thing that South Carolina can do at this point is to ensure that Officer Slager has a speedy, fair trial and, if found guilty, is punished appropriately. That’s the only thing that will maintain the credibility of the police and keep the system on track.

"All lives matter."  Got it.

But some lives aren't as equal as others.

So keep yelling "one bad apple" and "all lives matter" until a white cop shoots and kills another unarmed black man, and we can play this game all over again, to infinity.  It'll always be "one bad apple" but that apple will always be a white cop killing a black man.  It'll always be "all lives matter" but it will always be a black victim shot and killed by a white cop, and the victim deserved it.

It'll always be.


Horace Boothroyd III said...

This kind of nonsense is why I long ago stopped giving much credence to awards. Factions and infighting, they both count, where artistic or scientific merit count only so far as a minimal amount of content is needed to keep the reputation buffed. I am talking Pulitzer Prize here, and the Nobel, and the Academy Award is so corrupt that everybody knows about it.

Which is emblematic of a much larger problem. Twenty years ago the protobloggers had dreams of changing the world, of making it a much much better place, by pulling down the Gatekeepers and opening the world of information to anyone who wanted to partake. Twenty years later we can see that most of the Gatekeepers were corrupt and needed to die, while some like Brooks and Friedman and Kaplan and Pollack are unaccountably still employed despite being incessantly wrong; the problem is with the emergence of crazies who have no actual expertise except for the ability to set themselves up as experts - and now we have no properly vetted institutional experts who can speak against them with authority. In a sense we have returned to a fifteenth century information ecology, in which a semiliterate population finds itself flooded with an information stream it does not understand and can not assimilate. We may be setting ourselves up for another Peasant Uprising with concomitant Wars of Religion that make the half century of World Wars look like a border skirmish.

Zandar said...

Oh we're already headed there. Just look at any GOP school board, city council, county commission or state legislature.

Look at the staggering ignorance these people are proud to display, and realize they are the people making decisions for you on a daily basis.

The peasant uprising is very much here already.

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