Saturday, December 6, 2014
The recent furor over the failure of two grand juries in two different states to indict policemen in the deaths of unarmed black men is fully ablaze and I can only hope it will continue to be stoked until real actual change is made to the justice systems across the country which have in many instances failed a significant portion of the population.
But the most recent events in New York have really created some of the most crass evasions I've come across in the media in many moons. Sean Hannity (neither a subtle nor necessarily nimble-headed bloke) in minutes of the announcement that no indictment was forthcoming in the death of Eric Garner suggested (seriously I actually heard this with my own two ears) that the real culprit was the government of New York State for its avaricious tax policy which created a black market for the sale of "loose cigarettes". That the death could have been avoided if only such egregious taxes didn't exist.
I have since heard a few mopes on Fox echo this truly craven and moronic meme in a truly desperate attempt to shift the conversation away from police brutality and racial profiling and onto ground the speaker feels more comfortable beating his chest. My own Senator, the sometimes surprising but often disappointing Rand Paul also jumped up with this truly dopey talking point.
I have noticed that after the first few days this terrible talking point has been mostly abandoned and replaced with the novel idea that there is actually no real evidence that any of the individual killings by cops across the United States are racially motivated, conveniently ignoring the totality of the trend and carefully seeking to isolate each event. It's still a craven move, but at least it's on point.
To be fair (and balanced) I will say that I've been refreshingly surprised that most of Fox's gallery of chatterers have been properly outraged (for once) about the obvious injustice in the Garner case.
Loose Cigarettes! Really! Idiots!