• White man killed by cops: no coverage.
• Black man killed by cops: 24-hour coverage.
By Pete Papaherakles —
Over the past few weeks, Americans have been captivated with media coverage of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer and the resulting riots. Few Americans are even aware that only two days after this shooting an unarmed young white man was shot by a black police officer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his friends and family protested the killing without burning down the city. Why the double standard?
When 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, a white male, was shot dead by a black police officer, President Barack Obama did not call in from Martha’s Vineyard to tell America how “heartbreaking” the shooting was and to offer his condolences to Taylor’s family as he did to the Brown family. He didn’t promise that Attorney General Eric Holder would be investigating the case as he did with Brown. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn’t show up in Salt Lake City, nor did the national media jump all over the story of a white youth shot by a “racist” black cop.
A few dozen Salt Lake City residents peacefully protested carrying signs about “justice for Dillon,” but there was no rioting, no looting, no burning down of shops, as there was in Ferguson.
One might think that the shooting of Brown was undeserved, whereas Taylor perhaps had it coming.
Taylor was exiting a 7-Eleven with his brother and cousin when officers arrived in response to a report of a man with a gun in the area and thought Taylor fit the description.
When the officers confronted the three youths and asked them to raise their hands, two of them complied but Taylor walked away, listening to music on headphones. That’s when police shot and killed Taylor.
Taylor’s brother said Taylor was wearing headphones and didn’t immediately hear the officers, who were shouting conflicting commands for Taylor to both raise his hands and get down on the ground.
Unlike Taylor, Brown had in fact just robbed the convenience store he came out of and even roughed up the clerk. After the robbery, he and his friend were walking in the middle of the street and refused the officer’s direction to move to the sidewalk.
Brown did not simply walk away when the white officer asked him to raise his hands, as did Taylor. He rushed toward officer Wilson after having already punched him hard enough to break his eye socket and trying to take his pistol from him.
Everything about the way the Brown case was presented to the public is identical to that of Trayvon Martin, including pictures of Brown as a much younger school boy. At the time of the shooting, Brown was 6’4” and weighed 292 pounds. Like Martin, there are recent pictures of Brown shown in gangster style photos, holding a .45 pistol and a wad of cash in his mouth while displaying gang member hand signs.
There is a glaring double standard in America with a definite agenda to incite racial tensions. Black crime and violence against whites, now at epidemic levels, is consistently swept under the rug, while fictitious stories of white racism against blacks are invented and promoted by the media in order to further escalate black on white crime.
Has the media shown the September 2 killings of five elderly whites in Kansas City, Mo. by a black man? Three were shot, and a couple in their 80s were beaten to death.
How about the September 3 killing of a white police officer in Rochester, New York, by a black man?
These stories, and many others involving black-on-white crime, get suppressed by the media, not to mention countless cases of mobs of blacks attacking whites and beating them. And then there is the “knockout game,” where blacks sucker-punch predominantly white strangers as hard as they can, sometimes killing them.
In the aftermath of the Ferguson hysteria, aswas seen after the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida, racial tensions fanned by the media are causing many of these types of revenge beatings by blacks on whites across the country in the name of “justice for Michael Brown.”
Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.