What is the latest supposed example of racism by the police? After Patrick Lyoya of Grand Rapids, MI, resisted arrest, the officer trying to arrest him shot him. Here are examples of the usual ridiculous reporting by the so-called mainstream news media.
- Patrick Lyoya Got Pulled Over for His License Plate. The Cop Shot Him in the Head. (vice.com)
- Patrick Lyoya shooting exposes the false promise of American exceptionalism (msnbc.com)
- EXPLAINER: State of mind a key in Patrick Lyoya’s shooting (abcnews.go.com)
- Patrick Lyoya shooting: What charges the Grand Rapids police officer could face (fox2detroit.com)
Was the policeman who shot Lyoya just trying to do his job, or is he guilty of something? In particular, is he a racist? Do we even know enough to say at this point? Well, ignorance isn’t stopping our news media.
Much is being made of the fact that the police officer pulled Lyoya over for a misdemeanor, a bad license plate, but that is all the news media has to say about the police officer’s reason for pulling Lyoya over. Apparently, we are just supposed to jump to the conclusion that the policeman executed Lyoya because of a misdemeanor. Yet the police officer did not shoot Lyoya until after he resisted arrest (Michigan Resisting Arrest Laws (findlaw.com)).
Did the police officer suspect Lyoya was driving a stolen vehicle? Who knows at this point?
What we do know is that the news media outrageous reporting is drumming up an emotional reaction against the police. Too many are effectively blaming the victims of this mess, blacks and law enforcement officers.
How are both blacks and law enforcement officers being victimized? Our public, government-run schools are run by politicians, and this is a situation encouraged by the so-called mainstream news media. Usually, blacks and Hispanics attend the worst schools, and they lack the financial resources to get their children out of awful schools. So it is that many of the young men who have attended these schools lack the instruction and the wisdom to be good citizens, including the ability to earn an honest living. As a result, a high proportion of blacks commit crimes and have criminal records.
What is the supposed problem the news media is complaining about? What do all of us do? We profile each other. We use our experiences, including whatever media we use to educate and entertain ourselves, to create categories of human beings. Then we observe each other and stick each other into one or more of our categories. Because young black men commit a disproportionate number of crimes, we fear running into them, especially on the streets at night. Because so many acts of terrorism have been committed by Muslims from the Middle East, we get nervous when we have to share a flight on airliner with Middle Eastern gentlemen. Is any of that truly irrational? No. Yet the politically correct would have us pretend that policemen are racists, and government-run schools work well. Instead of assuming the obvious, most policemen just want to do their jobs well, they would have us believe that every time some white person (especially a policeman) shoots a black, it is a racist act. And that’s not bigotry?