Atrocity in Chicago and in the Media

CNN's Don Lemon looks on before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

There may be nothing quite as disgusting in our culture as the spectacle of media commentators trying to prop up one of their dishonest narratives with the latest atrocity. The ghoulish and soulless attempts by journalists to capture the moment of our outrage and yoke our emotions to the service of their leftist agendas is pitiful and hateful, a base display of the corruption of what used to be American journalism.


And of course, our journalists debase themselves without profit. The process is a lie in and of itself since each individual incident proves nothing and changes nothing. Even if the next terrorist doesn’t happen to be a Muslim — even if Christmas comes to Media Town and he happens to be a white male in a MAGA cap — it will still be Islamists doing violence on every continent, still Islamic majorities that plunge nations into dysfunction and inequality, still the Koran that preaches attitudes toward women and gays and non-believers and government itself that cannot easily be adapted to the modern world, assuming they can be adapted at all. So put your imaginary MAGA Terrorist in jail for sure, but it doesn’t change the general reality of our situation one bit.

The recent atrocity in Chicago is like a spotlight shone on these media distortions. It has entangled journalists like Laocoon in the serpent of their own racial pathology. Four black people kidnap and torture a mentally disabled white man while screaming anti-white and anti-Trump obscenities. Clearly a lead story. Clearly an act of evil. Clearly a light shone on yet another Democrat-run city that has become a cesspool of violence.


But our journalists have so corrupted themselves with narrative-building lies about race that they find it impossible to report the story plainly. CNN’s Don Lemon — and really, the man is an idiot — says of the torturers: “I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training.” (One remembers the parody song “Officer Krupke” from West Side Story with juvenile thugs declaiming: “We’re depraved on account of we’re deprived!”)


Or read Tavis Smiley who, inexplicably, has a show on PBS: “The unrelenting media focus on this random incident, is, to my mind, unbalanced and unwarranted…. I wonder: How many fellow citizens who can’t stop their social media commentary about this sick incident have been just as outraged and outspoken about the regular harassment and abuse that black teenagers and other black fellow citizens endure daily at the hands of white cops?”

Yeah, I must’ve missed the white cops torturing a disabled black man while shouting, “F— Obama.” I guess the media under-reported it.

The problem these knuckleheads have is that their own corrupt logic condemns them. If it is true that a police officer who happens to be white shooting a criminal who happens to be black is evidence of systemic racism (the data show it’s not), then these black pieces of garbage torturing a white man while screaming anti-white slogans can fairly be claimed as evidence of systemic anti-white bigotry in sectors of black culture.

But on our side — I mean, the side of decent human beings searching for truth as opposed to corrupt journalists propping up narrative — the entire narrative enterprise should be discarded. It is the racial understanding of human behavior that is itself deceiving and distorting. And the left’s attempt to “redress” historic anti-black racism with present anti-white racism is a fool’s errand that only serves the racist lie.

In fact, the Chicago torturers don’t represent “black people” any more than do Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas or Martin Luther King. Dylann Roof doesn’t represent “white people” or “American culture” any more than John Glenn or George Washington. These are individuals acting on good and bad ideas and doing good and evil according to those ideas. If there is a bigger story behind any of it, it’s the ideas not the color of people’s skin.


But if  journalists reported that story rather than their tired black-versus-white fairy tales, they would not only expose the truth behind these horrible incidents but also the malevolence of their own political bias. They will not do it.

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