There are “so many myths on display each and every day in this country,” radio host Rush Limbaugh said today. “The myth that is driving what happened in St. Louis is that white cops shoot black kids all the time.”
He was referring to the riots in Ferguson, Missouri that broke out over the weekend in response to Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot and killed last week by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
“The truth of the matter is, it is rare,” Limbaugh said about white cops shooting blacks. “The simple fact of the matter is that the greatest incidence, the largest number of criminal incidence against blacks are perpetrated by blacks. The fact that this is rare is why it’s on television.”
Limbaugh isn’t creating these facts out of thin air. The numbers are the numbers.
Young black men (who accounted for about 1% of the population from 1980-2008) do, sadly, commit nearly 50% of the murders in America. Again, young black males commit a grossly disproportionate amount of the homicides and violence than their young white male counterparts do.
If young white males regularly committed violent crimes with similar frequency as young black males, it would warrant nonstop fear, racial angst, and wall-to-wall media coverage.
“There’s another reason why” Michael Brown and Ferguson have dominated the news, according to Rush Limbaugh. “There’s a reason why it’s on television, another reason why it’s a big deal, and that is because it furthers the myth and it furthers the Democrat Party agenda that the only protectors of the black population in this country is the Democrat Party, and the myth is that the white police, cops, forces, are every day killing black kids,” he says.
“But if it were common, if it were something that did indeed happen all the time, it wouldn’t be this big a story. The very fact that it’s this big a story is evidence of its rarity. It is rare. It doesn’t happen every day. It doesn’t happen often.”
“How many times on this program have we talked about the murders that take place in Chicago every weekend?” Limbaugh asked. “The murder of black kids, teenagers and younger? Is the media there? Is the media telling you about even one of those murders, at any time in this past year? They are not there. Why aren’t they there? It doesn’t further the narrative, the template, and that is that it’s white cops that kill black kids.”
“In Chicago, it’s black kids killing black kids. It’s gang members killing innocence and so forth. So there’s no news there. They can’t perpetuate a myth,” Limbaugh added.
in fact, there were 7 people killed and another 29 wounded last weekend in Chicago.
Since Michael Brown’s death, Washington D.C. has seen similar bloodshed which has galvanized zero peace protests or presidential press conferences, and has received very little national press coverage.
Indeed, in a span of one week, the nation’s capital had at least 21 shootings, including that of a 24-year veteran detective, according to The Washington Post.
Did you know that?
It’s likely that you didn’t.
And that’s probably because most of those city’s shootings had black victims and black assailants. And let’s be honest, black people aren’t nearly as indignant about young black males killing other blacks as they are about the rare instance of a white cop killing a black male–even though the former wreaks ten times more havoc in black communities.
The national press and the civil rights establishment respond to black-on-black crimes with fierce indifference and white-on-black crime stories–like the two black guys who doused a white 13-year-old with gasoline and lit him on fire or ones like the 20 black kids who beat up white Matthew Owens on his porch, in retaliation to Trayvon Martin’s death–go nearly unnoticed.
In the eyes of so-called civil rights leaders and the mainstream media, it appears that black and white deaths at the hands of blacks are worth less.
And so it goes, the media and the civil rights establishment will care about the story of Michael Brown, as long as the story of Michael Brown benefits them.
For the media, it’s mostly the monitory benefits they receive as their loyal readers, listeners, and viewers tune in for the latest breaking news. For the dwindling civil rights establishment, Michael Brown’s death is just the latest of many attempts to keep alive the myth fueling their fading legitimacy: that life in America for blacks is still one of endless persecution, brought on by, in a million subtle ways, an inherently racist white society.
Meanwhile, Michael Brown, the person, and his short-lived life remain a tragedy.
And questions like why he was robbing a store on the day he was fatally shot, or why he resisted and ran from Officer Wilson, go unasked and unanswered.
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