Racism today: accurately reporting the news.
Let’s review the facts behind the Dallas massacre. A man who sympathized with the Black Lives Matter movement was enraged over the recent killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile went out and killed five police officers at a BLM rally in what amounted to the worst day for law enforcement since 9/11.
The killer was quoted as saying that he wanted to “kill white people, especially police.”
So a rational person would conclude that he was motivated by anti-white racism. But apparently if you think that, you’re a racist. Who knew?
Following the massacre, a Memphis newspaper ran a headline reading: “Gunman Targeted Whites.” It was 100% true. Killer Micah X. Johnson said he wanted to kill whites, especially white police officers. The pathetic part here is that the newspaper is now apologizing for running that headline because some people said it was racist.
The Commercial Appeal is a USA Today-owned paper in Memphis, TN. Following their accurate headline, black people protested the paper’s offices crying racism. The editor could have told those protesters to get lost, but because this deals with irrational minorities, he took the cowardly way out and begged them for forgiveness.
“Simply put, we got it wrong.
Those three big words in headline type stretched across Saturday’s front page — Gunman Targeted Whites — were true according to police accounts in Dallas at the time but they badly oversimplified a very complex, rapidly evolving story, and angered many of our readers and many more in the broader community.”
I’d be willing to bet that the people upset by this headline were neither subscribers to the paper nor readers of any newspaper. What we end up with is an editor using inaccurate information to apologize for running an accurate headline. Journalism truly is dead.
It looks like we can add “facts” to the every growing list of things that are racist.