Teen Shot In Missouri: So Exactly What?

January 16, 2015 Nemes Worldwide News

Among today’s big news stories is the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouria place that, the Associated Press informs us helpfully, is just a couple of miles from Ferguson. The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the leading story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every paper’s internet site.

However why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael Brown and Eric Garner stories that preceded it, obviously. However what made them worldwide news? Or, to return in time, what made the Trayvon Martin case a cause c lèbre, discussed by the President of the United States and followed breathlessly by millions?

The Antonio Martin case will not be as big a story as Brown’s and Garner’s deaths. Rather than being your common unarmed 300-pounder, Martin obviously pulled a 9 mm. pistol on the police officer who reacted by shooting him. But every shooting of a civilian by a police officer is now deemed a crucial news storywith the critical certification that the civilian, however not the officer, be black.

Are these shootings around the world news since of an epidemic of racist murders being carried out by American police officers? That is what Eric Holder, Expense DeBlasio and Al Sharpton would have us believe. But it undoubtedly isn’t real. Heather Mac Donald writes:

Cops killings of blacks are a very rare function of black life and are a minute portion of black homicide deaths. The cops might end all killings of civilians tomorrow and it would have no result on the black homicide risk, which comes extremely from other blacks. In 2013, there were 6,261 black homicide victims in the United States– almost all killed by black civilians– leading to a death danger in inner cities that is ten times higher for blacks than for whites. None of those killings triggered mass protests; they are considered normal and below notice. The authorities, by contrast, according to released reports, kill approximately 200 blacks a year, manya lot of them armed and hazardous, from about 40 million police-civilian contacts a year. Blacks are in truth killed by authorities at a lower rate than their risk to officers would forecast. In 2013, blacks made up 42 percent of all cop killers whose race was known, despite the fact that blacks are just 13 percent of the country’s population. The percentage of black suspects killed by the police nationally is 29 percent lower than the percentage of blacks mortally threatening them.

These stories about the killings of African-American men by authoritieslaw enforcement agent (or by an area watch captain, in Trayvon Martin’s case) are all exactly what my long-time radio and podcast partner Brian Ward calls stories of option. They are plucked from a nearly endless supply of unfortunate events that take place daily in a nation of 315 million, and are promoted due to the fact that they even more a political story. An unholy alliance of activists and newspaper press reporters and editors attempts to misshape our understanding of issue by giving undue focus to them. Then, of course, issue starts to catch up with understanding, and we have riots, murders of police officers, and so on. But understand that the decision to promote these stories, in choice to others that are similarly or more relevant, is a selection that is consciously made by individuals with a political agenda.

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