Feeling so grateful I don’t have to live in the US, where police are armed, citizens can freely buy guns, white people can never be victims and the media race-baits people into a riot. Here is an attempt at some balanced analysis in the nightmare politics of what is happening now in Ferguson, USA over the grand jury’s decision there not to indict a white police officer for shooting a black criminal, Brown. Although any wrongful death at the hands of the police is a tragedy, it appears there is a racial double standard at play here. When white man, Dillon Taylor was shot by a non-white US policeman, neither riots nor media frenzy, how come?
‘Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white and Hispanic — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake wasn’t white.’
It’s so obvious to me, and others, that such violent incidents are predominantly about toxic male violence and gun control, not race. As Josh Horowitz eloquently puts it:
”The NRA fully understands the racial dynamic at play here. As long as we can blame something other than guns, America will not have to come to terms with the truth that violence is a complicated phenomenon that is made far more lethal by the easy availability and killing power of firearms. And for an organization with an overwhelmingly conservative, white base, that “something other” is minorities.
The gun lobby is able to pitch this myth because, on the surface, it may seem that gun violence is connected to race. Although African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, nearly 40 percent of homicides are committed by African-Americans. However, as I noted above, more sophisticated analyses of the propensity for interpersonal violence show race is not a determinative factor in violent behavior……
I have three suggestions for a more peaceful and free America. First, let’s stop using ugly euphemisms like “thug” to describe human beings who might have become violent for a complex set of reasons that have nothing to do with the color of their skin. Second, since we do have a gun violence problem in the United States, let’s look for evidence-based solutions to deal with the problem, like universal background checks and expanded firearm prohibitions for those at risk of violence (i.e., violent misdemeanants, domestic abusers, alcohol abusers, etc.). Third, let’s acknowledge that blaming gun violence on race (or mental illness) is a lazy and dishonest way of looking at a complicated problem that allows the gun lobby to avoid responsibility for the growing body count in America.’
While Americans shout and scream about race, all the while the NRA (criminals) are laughing all the way to the bank account full of profit from the deaths of many innocent American citizens at the hands of guns.