MAKING AN ASS OF YOU AND ME

We know that Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers because of their race–he had made his motive clear in statements he’d written.

But we don’t know that Alton Sterling was killed because of his race.

And we don’t know that Philando Castile was killed because of his race.

And unless the officers involved in those shootings state that they were racially motivated, we cannot fairly conclude that they were.

For all we know, if Alton Sterling had been of the same race as the officer who shot him, he would still be dead.

And for all we know, if Philando Castile had been of the same race as the officer who shot him, he would still be dead.

We assume that these two men were killed because of their race–but we do not know this.

Years ago, in an Introduction to Oriental Philosophy class, I was introduced to a play on the word assume.

ASSUME

ASS-U-ME

MAKE AN ASS OF YOU AND ME

The person who videoed the shooting of Alton Sterling did not make an ass of you and me.

Diamond Reynolds did not make an ass of you and me.

But the press did.

The fact is that the press has been making an ass of you and me for a very long time.

It made an ass of you and me in 1991–by showing a heavily edited cut of the videotaped Rodney King incident.  But this didn’t last.

It made an ass of you and me during the entire trial of O.J. Simpson.  But this didn’t last.

It made an ass of you and me in the wake of the Trayvon Martin incident.  But this didn’t last.

And the press made an ass of you and me in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri incident.  And this lasted–and it still lasts.

The press has been playing the race card ever since the Ferguson incident–inserting race into every incident, leading you and me to assume that it had everything to do with race.

The Zionist Jews who control the American press are motivated by nothing but money–except in matters of their home base, the Zionist State (Israel).  Only in their Israeli-biased depiction of the “Arab-Israeli Conflict” are the Zionist Jews who control the American press motivated by anything other than money.

Interestingly, the Zionist Jews who control the American press pander to the political right in all matters regarding the Zionist State.  But in all other matters, the Zionist Jews who control the American press pander to the political left.

The press has been accused, time and again, of being liberal (pandering to the political left)–that is nothing new.

What’s new is that the press is now sensationalistic–and has been since 1991.

Those hoping to escape the “liberal” press turn to Fox News.

And though Fox News may be conservative, it is every bit as sensationalistic as CNN, or any other “liberal” news network (Fox News is controlled by the same Zionist Jews who control the “liberal” networks).

I only trust PBS and NPR for my news.  These are controlled by Jews too, but not necessarily Zionist Jews.  And because they don’t have to turn a profit (they’re public media) they’re not motivated to use sensationalism in their news broadcasts.  Because the federal government has begun cutting funding to public media, PBS and NPR have begun to rely on advertising–so eventually, they’ll no longer be public.  But as long as both networks are public, in the least, I’ll trust only them for the least biased, least sensationalistic news.

Back on topic, though:

The commercial press–which is the press, in general–has been exploiting the hell out of every questionable police incident since 1991.  And this coincides with the rise of Digital-Age technology (the dawn of the Digital Age).  It is the press that makes an ass of you and me by leading you and me to assume that every questionable police incident is racially motivated. It is the press that makes an ass of you and me by exploiting the Internet, and showing and reporting every questionable police incident–over and over again–leading you and me to assume that all questionable police incidents are racially motivated, and that all cops are bad.

Our First-Amendment right to freedom of the press belongs to all of us.  But our press is owned and controlled by only a few of us.

Our government cannot control our press because we would lose our right to freedom of the press that way.

But our press is controlling us because we are letting it.  We are not questioning our press–and this is how our press is making an ass of you and me.

And until we start holding our press accountable–until we start questioning every Trojan horse our press presents us–it will continue to do so.

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