Camera Girl is a fan of the NCIS shows. Like all women she has her weaknesses. From the few times I’ve sat through these procedurals I have been enlightened as to just how many blonde, beautifully coiffed policewomen there are who can chase down a two-hundred-pound perp, subdue and cuff him while wearing high heels and without breaking a fingernail. Well sure, I can see that.
By sad happenstance tonight she was watching NCI-NO (New Orleans) while I was in the living room. The action was around an NOPD officer who while in pursuit of a robbery suspect becomes surrounded by a crowd of the suspect’s friends and thinking he sees a gun in the hand of a man shoots and kills him. So, of course, the cop is white and the suspect and the shooting victim are black. Eventually we find out that the victim was holding a phone that the policeman mistook for a gun. Speeches and anger by the black cast members over the unjust treatment of black men by law enforcement, shame and appeasement by white cast members over how racist the world is. The policeman resigns in shame. The victim’s mother gives a dignified and loving speech about her son. Everyone looks wistful.
That’s all very nice. But isn’t that exactly what they said was the case with Michael Brown in Ferguson? He was just a gentle giant who was executed by a racist cop. He was a good kid who just accidentally assaulted a policeman, tried to take his gun and even after being shot once, charged the officer rather than surrender. Why that could happen to anyone.
Anyway, what I’m wondering is when the next police show on tv is going to devote an episode to the knock out game. You know, where a black teenager cold cocks some old Hassidic man or woman just to see if he can knock him unconscious with one punch while his friends capture it on their phones. As a special bonus if he hits his head hard enough on the pavement he might even die. Now that would be must see tv. Maybe they could explain how it’s really racism by the old man that caused the incident.
Or maybe they can highlight one of those scenes that get captured on camera fairly frequently of a white or Hispanic or even black teenager being mobbed by black teenagers, knocked down and pummeled relentlessly with fists and feet until unconscious and then robbed of shoes and other belongings. Certainly, this can be shown to be, once again, the result of anti-black discrimination.
So, the point of this post is to say that the bad relations between the police and the inner-city black population is hardly one of inexplicable racism. The police are stuck with trying to keep order within an environment where many of the inhabitants, of these neighborhoods, even the teenagers, are depraved thugs and the rest of the community blames the police for enforcing laws that everywhere else are just normal behavior.
And now since the police have been prosecuted for doing their jobs, they have sensibly stepped back from enforcing the laws in these neighborhoods. And the result of that is criminality and the law of the jungle. Just last week, the Mayor of Baltimore begged his citizens to stop shooting each other so that there would be more beds available for COVID-19 patients. That’s what Ferguson has brought us to in 2020.
Now I know that Hollywood would never have the courage to provide equal time to the politically incorrect truth about life in modern American cities but it certainly would get high ratings and everyone has always told me that Hollywood is a business and what makes money decides what is shown. I don’t think there’s much of a market for the racist cop trope any more.
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