by baldilocks

National Geographic is doing a series called The Race Issue. Yes, I know; I’m tired of it, too.

In NG’s case, however, they contrast their old coverage of non-white people groups with their coverage in the enlightened age – if you’ll pardon the pun. I have read only the following part of the series and haven’t decided if I’m going to read the other parts.

We asked John Edwin Mason to help with this examination. Mason is well positioned for the task: He’s a University of Virginia professor specializing in the history of photography and the history of Africa, a frequent crossroads of our storytelling. He dived into our archives.

What Mason found in short was that until the 1970s National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States, rarely acknowledging them beyond laborers or domestic workers. Meanwhile it pictured “natives” elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters,

There are about a gazillion Baldilockses in Africa.

noble savages—every type of cliché.

Unlike magazines such as Life, Mason said, National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture.

“Americans got ideas about the world from Tarzan movies and crude racist caricatures,” he said. “Segregation was the way it was. National Geographic wasn’t teaching as much as reinforcing messages they already received and doing so in a magazine that had tremendous authority. National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized. That was a color line, and National Geographic was reflecting that view of the world.”

All of this is true. I had a subscription to NG when I was a teenager in the 1970s — a black teenager of closer African heritage than are most black Americans.

And you know what? I’m over it.

You’ve changed your ways, National Geographic. (Thanks for the maps, by the way.) But is it necessary to ruin your reputation by becoming National Groveling?

Let’s confront today’s shameful use of racism as a political strategy and prove we are better than this.

Now I see. National Geographic is better than today’s political strategy and its Race Series its offering on the altar of please-don’t-hurt-us.

How about this? I forgive you. Now please skip the Virtue Signaling. It’s as abhorrent as pictures of the naked African ladies who were probably my relatives.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Every time Detroit seems ready to lift itself out of the mire it’s been wallowing in for the past half century, it sinks back into the ooze. The latest case of swampiness as usual in Motown came on Jan. 9, when the Detroit school board adopted a new policy that bans the naming of school facilities for living people.

No, the move wasn’t a reaction against erstwhile Congressman-for-life John Conyers, the octogenarian veteran of 52 years in the House who “retired” in December after he was accused of sexually harassing female staffers. Past school boards somehow never got around to naming a building after him. In any case, Conyers’ predicament certainly wouldn’t have forced such a change.

Instead, the target of the policy is that devious, divisive and deranged Detroit native … Ben Carson. Yeah, that guy — the respected neurosurgeon who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and now serves as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine opened in 2011 with a good bit of fanfare. It’s not often that a Detroiter who grew up in poverty with a single mom goes on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Yale and a medical degree at the University of Michigan. He then went on John Hopkins University School of Medicine’s  neurosurgery program and an extremely successful career as a practitioner.

The school’s website proclaims: “As a pediatric neurosurgeon formerly on the staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Carson was honored with the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions. The school aims to honor the contributions Dr. Carson has made not only to the global medical community, but also as a role model for Detroit students with aspirations and interests in science and medical fields.”

But that’s not good enough for school board member LaMar Lemmons, who pushed the name-change policy. While the board’s resolution didn’t mention Carson, Lemmons was clear that it targeted the HUD secretary. To its credit, the board wasn’t totally sold on the idea; the motion squeezed through on a 4-3 vote.

He said his main reason for sponsoring the policy change is that the school was named when a state-appointed administrator had total control over the school district because its finances were in shambles. But he was clear that Carson’s political beliefs played a big part in the move.

“He is a so-called conservative Republican,” Lemmons told the Detroit News. “A strict constructionist is one that wants to take the Constitution literally. If one takes that as a stance, it would allow the enslavement of those of African descent. When you align yourself with (President) Trump that is a direct affront to the city of Detroit and the students of Detroit.”

Perhaps someone should tell Lemmons that Carson – like the vast majority of Americans – undoubtedly supports the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery.

While last week’s resolution didn’t mention Carson, Lemmons vowed to bring up changing the school’s name at the board’s Feb. 13 meeting.

What’s galling is that another Detroit school, the Bates Academy, really could use a name change. The academy, a magnet school for talented and gifted children, is named after Alonzo Bates, a longtime school board member who became notorious for using racially divisive language.

Bates won election to the Detroit City Council in 2001, but his tenure didn’t last too long. He was indicted for several offenses in 2005 and was convicted in federal court on four of five felony counts a year later. He was found guilty of placing four “phantom” employees on the city payroll: his brother-in-law, the daughter of his girlfriend, the mother of one of his children and a handyman who did work at Bates’ home. Before the trial, he pleaded guilty to not filing federal income tax returns for four years. He ultimately was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Other school board members didn’t tell the Detroit News if they would support a Lemmons resolution to remove Carson’s name from the school. But it will be interesting to see if they go along with the move without changing the name of Bates Academy.

I won’t be surprised if the board takes off the name of the respected neurosurgeon while leaving the name of the felon alone. It’s the Detroit Way, something I’ve seen far too often in the past 50 years.

By John Ruberry

I was out of town in July when Detroit, the movie about the destructive 1967 riot and a police attack on a small group of guests at the Algiers Motel, hit the theaters. Directed by Kathryrn Bigelow, who is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, is again teamed with scriptwriter Mark Boal. It stars John Borega, renowned for his role in the Star Wars reboot, as a torn African-American, who despite good intentions gets pulled into the carnage and the aftermath of the upheaval.

But by the time I got back home and found the time to see Detroit it was gone from theaters. Even before the Harvey Weinstein-ignited sex scandals, 2017 was an annus horribilis for Hollywood. Yes, Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast were tremendous hits, there were many notable flops, and among them was Detroit. That’s a pity because it is a masterful piece of filmmaking.

Last night I watched it by way of OnDemand on Xfinity.

The 1967 Detroit Riot is the demarcation line in history for that city, just as the Potato Famine is for Ireland and the defeat of the Armada is for Spain. It’s the Motor City’s before-and-after moment. “Ah, but that was before the riot,” or “riots,” sometimes the plural form is used, is something all Detroiters of a certain age say. Prior to the riot Detroit was America’s fifth-largest city, but now, for the first time since 1850, Detroit is not among America’s twenty-most populous cities. In 1950 Detroit was America’s most prosperous municipality, now it is one of its poorest. True, Detroit’s problems were evident in the 1950s and early 1960s, but at the time the few people paying attention to such things viewed that period as a rough patch or perhaps nothing more than a modest transitional period.

Fox Theatre one month ago

The world premiere of Detroit took place at the Fox Theatre two days after the 50th anniversary of the start of the riot, the old movie palace is the setting of one of the scenes in the movie. The film begins with an undermanned police raid of a black-run speakeasy–called a “blind pig” in Detroit–that quickly turns into a widespread tumult of looting, arson, and death. Archival news footage shows the devestation followed by a clip of Governor George Romney, Mitt’s father, announcing that the Michigan National Guard has been called out. By the end of the five-day riot Michigan state troopers and federal troops had been dispatched to Detroit as well.

Among the riot scenes is one with now-disgraced US Rep. John Conyers (Laz Alonso) urging a crowd for calm–they ignore him. Five months ago Conyers was still a civil rights icon. Now Conyers is shunned.

But most of the movie is centered on police tormenting suspects and witnesses at the Algiers, the reputed site of a sniper attack. After a performance by the Dramatics–who later gained fame for the hit “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” one of the group’s members, Larry Reid (Algee Smith), along with his personal assistant, take refuge at the Algiers, which is located just outside of the Virginia Park neighborhood, the heart of the riot zone. For a while it seems that despite the haze of the smoke from the arson fires and the constant sirens, the Algiers is the smart choice to have a party while Detroit burns. That is until an evil Detroit police officer, Philip Krauss (Will Poulter), his two racist partners, troops from the National Guard, and Melvin Dismukes (Borega), a security guard, storm the Algiers in search of a sniper, who we know is Carl Cooper (Jason Mitchell), who simply but recklessly fired a track and field starting pistol. What follows is a series of intense torture-filled series of interrogations. Two young white prostitutes, one of them is portrayed by Hannah Murphy, who plays Gilly in Game of Thrones, are among those brutalized.

“I’m just gonna assume you’re all criminals,” Krauss tells them. One of those “criminals” is Robert Greene (Anthony Mackie), a Vietnam veteran who came to Detroit like hundreds of thousand of others before him–he is simply looking for work. Don’t forget, the blind pig raid busted up a party welcoming two other Vietnam vets home. Krauss denigrates Greene, says he “probably just drove a supply truck” while serving and accuses of him of being the pimp for the prostitutes.

Later Krauss asks the women, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves, having sex with n*ggers?” The other prostitute replies, “It’s 1967, a**hole.” But the mixing of blacks and whites was still a problem for many 50 years ago.

Blogger at the site of where the riot started

Finally and tragically the Algiers incident ends but the legal ramifications please few. Conyers appears again. And one of the characters finds deliverance.

Like Zero Dark Thirty, the feeling of Detroit is claustrophobic, which of course is intentional. The lighting isn’t perfect, that approach undoubtedly was chosen to enmesh Bigelow’s scenes with the archive footage.

Understandably Detroit is still coming to terms with the ’67 riot. I visited Virginia Park last month, while there are still many abandoned homes–this is Detroit after all–there are some new ones too. The site of the long-ago razed blind pig and the neighboring stores where the riot broke out is now a park–albeit one that no children were playing in. To be fair it was a chilly autumn afternoon. In July a Michigan historical marker was erected at that site. On the flipside, sandwiched between New Center and the mansions of Boston-Edison, where Henry Ford, Ty Cobb, Joe Louis, and Berry Gordy once lived, Virginia Park’s future appears bright. Deliverance may be coming there soon too.

Besides Xfinity OnDemand, Detroit is also available on DVD. The trailer is viewable here.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

listenby baldilocks

“You are going to have to do better than everyone else because you are black.”

For decades, upwardly mobile black parents have been telling the above to their children.  And if the black child in question happens to be a girl, that always factors in. You, black female child, have to be doubly excellent because you have not one, but two “strikes” against you.

My parents said this to me routinely during my formative years. Many of my white friends are aghast at this advice and I’m puzzled as to why, especially taking into account that I am in my 50s—which means that my parents grew up in the Bad Old Days, during which the expectations were that a black citizen might have, at best, a high school diploma and would usually have a profession where their hands, feet and backs were more essential than the higher processes of their minds.

Now, of course, that has all changed dramatically. An American who is black and a woman can be secretary of state, attorney general, surgeon general, or an astronaut. Black female doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals are everywhere. (And, though we are talking about black women, the existence of  the current president of the United States  makes this point.)

Often these well-educated, well-employed women are airline passengers. And that brings us to this story.

Tamika Cross, a physician, was midway through a flight from Detroit to Minneapolis when a passenger emergency sent her into “doctor mode.”

Sometime after takeoff, a man two rows in front of her suddenly became unresponsive, she said, and flight attendants called for help.

Cross, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said she immediately flagged down one of the crew members, offering to treat the man.

She got a response she wasn’t prepared for.

“Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down,” Cross recalled the flight attendant saying. “We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”

Dr. Cross is a black woman. From her Facebook post about the incident:

Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your button”. I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while
Bombarding me with questions).

I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling.

The more I think about this situation, the more I think that the flight attendant should be fired not for racism, per se, but for what her preconceived notions—regardless of they were–caused her to do: to tell Dr. Cross to sit down and shut up before the latter could identify herself as a doctor. The simple act of cutting of the physician and ignoring her could have cost a man his life.

That act was likely caused by the flight attendant’s preconceived notions about doctors and about black women.

And whether those notions are justified or not, this mini-drama does show why parents like mine tell their offspring that blackness is an obstacle to  overcome. Still.

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Vinny Forlano: He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it.

Vincent Borelli: I agree. He’s solid. A fuckin’ Marine.

Americo Capelli: He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think?

Remo Gaggi: Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the way I feel about it.

Casino 1995

At the American Thinker Thomas Lifson uses the words:    the painful and tedious explication of the obvious when referring to a study featured in the Chicago Sun Times.

If you and another person get arrested together in Chicago, you’re both part of a loose network of people with a high risk of getting shot in the future, Yale University researchers say in a newly published study.

Only 6 percent of the people in Chicago between 2006 and 2012 were listed on arrest reports as co-offenders in crimes, the study says. But those people became the victims of 70 percent of the nonfatal shootings in the city over the same period.

And while there is a racial component in the numbers to wit:

These statistics demonstrate the wisdom of the old adage, “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” They also show that it is not per se that is related to the higher incidence of violence in some black communities…

For every 100,000 people, an average of one white person, 28 Hispanics and 113 blacks became victims of nonfatal shootings every year in Chicago over the six-year study period.

… but rather the existence of networks of people who engage in violence and reinforce each other in patters of violent behavior.

it isn’t so much that a person is of a particular race, but if you are hanging around with crooks and thugs when the heat is on they are going to look out for #1.

That’s what the numbers showed, your odds of getting shot in Chicago are 30 times higher if you were dealing with thugs than if you were just minding your own business.

But for those of you who simply can’t handle this concept because of the racial breakdown here is an example you’ll be able to understand without feeling guilty because it involves Sicilians.  We don’t mind because we don’t particularly care what some stranger thinks of us.

This is why my folks never got involved with these guys, even when people were threatening them.  Sooner or later you pay for it, big time.

Michael Corleone:  It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business

The Godfather 1972

Yesterday on the Rush Limbaugh show he noted that Bill & Hillary skipped Michael Brown’s funeral and teased the question:

So why not?  Why are the Clintons not there?  Oh, there’s an answer.  It’s a simple answer.  But since I’m kind of in a teasing mode today, I’ll leave that hanging while you ponder it.  

Well since Rush is unwilling to tell you I figured I’d jump on in ahead of him:

It’s because Hillary is running in 2016 & Bill Clinton knows how elections and human nature works.

Bill understands the  low information voter & swing voters think.  They weren’t interested in the Michael Brown shooting and the breast beating it produced but were very interested in the rioting and saw the loop of  a 6′ 4″ Brown shove that little clerk in the last hour of his life.

There were very few if any potential 2016 voters watching the coverage of Michael Brown’s funeral or in the church that’s already aren’t in Hillary’s pocket if she wins the nomination, being seen there wouldn’t earn her a single vote.

On the other hand Images of Bill and Hillary standing with Al Sharpton in Ferguson at Brown funeral would have a definite effect on swing voters in key states whose primary takeaway of Ferguson were the riots and don’t think for one second police unions would forget if Bill & Hillary were standing proudly with the people out for the blood of one of their own.

That’s what it comes down to.   Hillary and Bill were not in Ferguson for Michael Brown’s funeral because they didn’t dare be seen there if she wants to be President of the United States.  That’s reality.

And when it comes to politics, Bill Clinton is the ultimate realist.

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I’ve seen protests of all types over the last few year and once of the things they generally have in common is they take place during daylight. Yet I turn on my TV at 1:15 EST and people in Ferguson MO are fighting police because they dare put a midnight curfew after rioting and looting has been taking place.

As I’ve already noted in my last post that there is a legit question concerning the use of force in the death of Michael Brown and the community has valid questions to ask and the right to expect answers, but even stipulating that, can you explain the reason people are “protesting” after midnight?

In the real world the vast majority of people sleep at night and work or do activities during the day. There is no reason why the people of Ferguson can’t protest to their heart’s content all day long.

They can grab a good night sleep, maybe a bite of breakfast and then march on the police station, they can gather in the churches they can make their case on the morning shows, on the noon news and on the evening news all during the day and make their point before every camera in the world that is simply dying to interview them and I wouldn’t see an issue with it.

But the idea that you are challenging a MIDNIGHT curfew and clashing with police at that hour, says something about your motives.

Now if the police curfew started at sundown or even 9 or 10 PM then one might make the case that it was trying to disrupt the lives of the good people of Ferguson.

But if people are purposely staying up after midnight to protest, I suspect they aren’t out to make a point, they are out to have a confrontation with the police so they can use said confrontation and the images of it to put pressure on the police and government. They are doing so for advantage, and if people get hurt, businesses get torched and looted and livelihoods get lost, what does that matter next to the cause?

Such people are unlikely to elicit sympathy or empathy as it would seem they are showing the same disregard for the rights and safety of others that they accuse the police of showing in the Brown case.

While some have honorably & forcefully spoken against such confrontation and the looting I’m trying to think of a reason why other in the black community locally & nationally would not take solid steps to prevent these confrontations instead of allowing allow and/or encouraging them. Why would one do this?

I would like to think that black leaders are not so cynical as to be doing this with the hope and prospect of boosting the black vote nationally for the midterms. I’d like to think the silence of the administration isn’t in the hopes that these images will help save them the senate.

Of course I had high hopes that this administration wouldn’t sell guns to mexican drug cartels, allow our vets to die or use the IRS to suppress their political enemies too.

Either way I’m rapidly reaching the point of indifference. If the people of Ferguson wish to trash their community and their youth wish to spend their night risking life and limb fighting police that’s on them. If they decide to instead back off and focus their attention on the investigation to keep it on the up and up that fine too. May they be happy in the choice they make.

Furthermore it’s up to the state of Missouri, the county seat where Ferguson is located and the police on duty to decide how to handle these confrontations. If they choose to respond to enforce a curfew risking their lives and limbs to protect property that’s fine, if they choose to sit back and let the community trash their town, that’s on them too. Other than as a topic for commentary it has nothing to do with me. To the best of my knowledge they still have elections regularly in the state, county and city, and the people can approve or disapprove of the steps taken, whatever they choose the voters as always, will get the government they deserve.

Both sides have the free will God gave them, it’s up to them to decide how it is to be used. Me, I suggest prayer.

Exit question: Given that the justice department of the first black president of the US has already announced they will perform a “federal” autopsy on Mr. Brown’s body and will certainly be watching this case like hawks, what does this continued confrontation after midnight say about the willingness of the black community to trust the first black president and AG Eric Holder to protect their rights?

Update: Last night’s “protests” in action:

Looters prowled several blocks of the main thoroughfare, damaging businesses and shattering glass in the few storefronts that had yet remained intact.

The list of businesses on West Florissant that were looted on Sunday night included a Domino’s Pizza, a Papa John’s Pizza, an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and a Public Storage facility.

Now I think Papa John’s is rather overrated myself but I can’t countenance torching the place.   Meanwhile one business owners comments

Just west, on Chambers Road, a large group of looters trashed a small store called Dellwood Market. The store ended up on fire, according to a Facebook page called Ferguson Scanner Updates.

“I know that people are upset, but is this the justice for Mike Brown?” the distraught owner asked, according to local CBS affiliate KMOV.

It’s not about “justice” anymore, it’s about power and photo ops and perhaps the fall elections.

Oh and if Dominos, Papa Johns, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Dellwood Market do not choose to reopen in that neighborhood watch our friends on the left declare them racists.


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…at least when it comes to the question of the police narrative:

“Law” “enforcement” in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns …but not a dashcam. That’s ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It’s about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is

In Fact Mr. Steyn has experience in Dashcams

Last year, my meek mild-mannered mumsy office manager was pulled over by an angry small-town cop in breach of her Fourth Amendment rights. The state lost in court because the officer’s artful narrative and the usual faked-up-after-the-fact incident report did not match the dashcam footage. Three years ago, I was pulled over by an unmarked vehicle in Vermont and (to put it mildly) erroneously ticketed. In court, I was withering about the department’s policy of no dashcams for unmarked cars, and traffic cops driving around pretending to be James Bond but without the super-secret spy camera. The judge loathed me (as judges tend to), but I won that case. In 2014, when a police cruiser doesn’t have a camera, it’s a conscious choice. And it should be regarded as such.

I’m reminded of Breitbart’s $10,000 (later $100,000) challenge to the left concerning their claims that Tea Party members shouted “Nigger” at black lawmakers as they walked to capitol hill for the Obamacare vote. Breitbart correctly noted that with all the camera running somebody should have caught those errant words if they had actually been started. Steyn again:

And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.


Steyn’s piece should be read in full, not only because of the excellent cogent points he makes but on the general principle that Steyn’s pieces should always be read because of the sheer quality of his writing.

Glenn Reynolds has been adamant about a constitutional right to record police as a constitutional one and it’s a fair point to make. I think it would be an interesting thing to see how prevalent dash cams are in the St. Louis in general. If they are common in other areas of St. Louis but not Ferguson it’s very telling. Personally I think it would protect the police more than condemn them.

Now I feel for the police, it’s a thankless job, you are under constant critique, you constantly get grief and every day you go to work has the potential to be your last day on earth, additionally when you spend every single day encountering thieves, con men and dishonest folk you tend to see and recognize their habits to the point where you can’t help but notice such traits (in the same way a locksmith can recognize a poorly secured door as he passes by or an expert cook can spot shoddy ingredients at a glance.)

Furthermore I’m offended by the suggestion that people need to be hands off of looters or that such behavior should be excused. If people under actual Jim Crow oppression didn’t excuse that kind of behavior in their youth there is certainly no excuse for it today.

However neither the misconduct of the rioters, the attempts of race hustlers to play this event nor the Mr. Brown’s apparent involvement in a crime answers the question: “Was this self-defense, justifiable homicide or police misconduct or murder?” in the absence of a dashcam that is a valid question to ask and a valid concern for the community that should not be dismissed.

And let’s get those dashcams installed pronto.

…then simply watch how CNN right now is doing their best to spin the apparent evidence of Michael Brown committing a robbery before his death.

Now it’s certainly possible that there are holes in this evidence and given that Eric Holder’s justice department with the full power and resources of the federal government is now involved if that’s the case any prevarication on the part of the police or any attempt to manufacture evidence is going to be short-lived in the extreme.

Of course humans being humans that doesn’t preclude a worried police department doing something amazingly stupid to cover their ass, nor does it mean that the police officer acted correctly in the shooting we simply don’t have enough info to make an intelligent judgment.

But barring these photos, police logs and camera images being false or manufactured I would have to say this statement on CNN concerning a Howard University photo in solidarity with Michael Brown might turn out to be unfortunate:

And all the chants of “Hands Up” in the world isn’t going to change the facts of the case.

Update: these are the stills in question:

I haven’t seen the anchors on CNN this discouraged since election day 2010

Update 2: Kudos for Don Lemon for being a voice of sanity in the CNN pity party:

Lemon has been talking facts and his analysis is at Jake Tapper credibility levels.

Kinda sad to have to complement a reporter for doing that kind of this isn’t it?

Update 3:  Just back from lunch, PJ media is on it meanwhile the Washington post is issuing a warning to conservatives

Now that some of their brethren are going to be trying to convince the country that Michael Brown was a thug who got what he deserved, they’ll face a test. Can they stand up for the principles they’ve already articulated, even as the debate gets uglier? Let’s hope so.

While I agree that this new info doesn’t preclude or disprove the use of excessive force I don’t seem to recall Mr. Waldman warning the left against putting a Halo around Mr. Brown’s head before the facts are in, nor suggesting doing so was a “test” for liberals.

Update 4:  Ed Morrissey:

If Brown and Johnson were fleeing from a felony theft, the shooting may have been justified under Missouri law — which may explain why the police handed out the report on the strong-arm robbery. But they still have not released the report on the shooting itself, and it doesn’t explain why it took six days to get around to discussing the robbery.

& IJR review is simply loaded

None of this changes the fact that there is a lot we still don’t know and should act accordingly

Update 5:  Lonely Conservative links and Gateway pundit 

Hands Up – Don’t Rob Me!

Now that we have this video

Do those who have said that Michael Brown: “could have been any one of us.” want to revise that statement?

Update 6: The Brown family statement:

“Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.

There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.

The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.

It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.

The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.”

I would be very interested in hearing What would a non devious way of releasing this info?

This statement conclusively replaces the the Ferguson Shooting’s “college boy minding his own business” meme with the “police execution” one.

Update 7: Ferguson police press conference. The video was apparently released due to multiple Freedom of information Act requests but the news that the officer’s initial contact with Brown had nothing to do with the robbery but was instead over him walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That’s interesting.

So that suggests two different contacts which means there are still facts that are being held back, I think this is a bad idea unless there are facts that have not yet determined.

Update 8: The press is going all in on the “Cop didn’t know brown was a robbery suspect”. Am I the only person in the world who heard the word “initial contact” in that press conference?

I think it would be nice if someone in the press asked a question like this:

“You used the word ‘initial’ in describing the contact between the officer in question & Mr. Brown. Does that mean there was more than one contact between them?”

Update 9: Allahpundit asks the question about “initial”

One thing I’m still unclear on, though, is when Wilson finally learned that Brown was a suspect in the robbery. He didn’t know it when he first stopped him; did he find out during the encounter? Watch this clip of the Ferguson police chief from earlier this morning describing the timeline. A description of the suspects in the robbery was allegedly sent out over police radio before Wilson encountered Brown. Maybe Wilson wasn’t paying attention to his radio or had it off or whatever. What if he turned it on while Brown was in the squad car, though, and suddenly realized who he had? What if Brown heard the radio broadcast too and panicked? I’m spitballing but who knew what and when will matter when a jury has to decide whose version of the shooting it believes.

Good questions all.


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Was Chanel surfing looking for info on Ukraine when I saw a CNN report concerning a noose & an old pre 2003 Mississippi flag round the neck of a statue of James Meredith. The SPLC was going on and on about the programs needed and the steps that are required to stop out racism.

As you might guess the MSM is all over this:


The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

University police on Sunday morning found the rope noose and, on the statue’s face, a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle symbol, said campus police Chief Calvin Sellers. Two men were seen near the statue early Sunday and investigators were looking at surveillance footage.

LA Times:

The Ole Miss Alumni Assn. is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the statue incident. University police have asked the FBI to assist with the investigation.

“These actions may constitute a federal offense if they were intended to threaten someone because of their race and in connection with their use of an educational facility,” Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Washington Post:

About 150 Ole Miss students, black and white, rallied around the Meredith statue Tuesday to protest the vandalism, according to Charlie Mitchell, a journalism professor who attended the event. They held posters with several hand-written slogans, including, “Justice for African-Americans,” ‘’Respect the Students” and “This is Our University.” One poster said: “The actions done in the cowardly dark will never diminish the light of James Meredith’s legacy nor our creed.”

and of course the NYT:

Willie Toles Jr., a biology major, said he was startled by the attackers’ approach.

“I’m still kind of in shock at the tactics that some people try to use, either to try to intimidate or to provoke a reaction from the university,” said Mr. Toles, who is black. “What motive do you have for doing these types of things?”

If there is in fact video it would seem odd that the FBI would be needed but by all means bring them in. I want a full investigation and the people who did this identified and punished and their pictures and politics plastered all over TV screen in the country.

I have no idea who has done thing but there is an easy test to see if my aforementioned desires will be met.

If this was done by persons who are still living with the mindset of 1962 Mississippi my desire to see these people publicly shamed will be rewarded with full coverage on ABCCBSNBCMSNBCCNN and all the various papers. The Morning Shows will discuss it, the Sunday shows will opine on it and various celebs and activists will be on TV telling us how far we still have to go as a nation.

If however this was done by a person living with the mindset of a certain lady in Lunenburg Massachusetts circa 2013 I will find myself disappointed. None of the news networks will be interested, none of the morning shows will be involved, no charges will be filed, the FBI will quietly close this case and the people who are responsible will quietly go on their way with no consequences, no public shame and no press.

And all that will be remembered from the incident by the low information voter will be the initial reports of a story that fit the media narrative as opposed to a reality that didn’t.

As of right now I have no idea which will be the case and neither do any of you.

I suggest acting accordingly.


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