Police Shootings and the Media Bias

Police Shootings and the Media Bias

Politics, Social injustice

Take a good look around you, go through the majority of mainstream newspapers, and watch the most prolific news channels. What do you see? You’ll see news of cops shooting black citizens, claiming them to be a potential threat. Did you realize such news have been redundant for quite some time now? This has been happening for years, and it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon.

In the recent turn of events, the infamous and much controversial case of Michael T. Slager, also called the Shooting of Walter Scott, Judge Clifton B. Newman of South Carolina passed the judgment that the case is in fact, a mistrial. We have two questions to ask you, and you need to ask these questions to yourself as well: Have we completely lost it? Do we even realize how far the ripples of this kind of judgment are going to travel?

Walter Scott was nowhere near Slager, and he didn’t have a weapon of any kind on him, not even a bloody Taser gun. He was not at all an imminent danger to anyone when he was shot. And yet, Slager walked out of the courtroom on the basis of a “mistrial”? Who are you fooling here?

And that’s not all that we need to contemplate here, what’s with the media these days? Television viewers and Internet users are all fed the same lie, the same stereotypes, misperceptions, marginalizing the Black community as a race of criminal nature.

Guns and glory, drive-by shootings, rapes, drugs, a lot has been happening, but is it only the Black citizens of America who indulge in such anti-social activities? What about those educated and so called well-behaved men who indulge in equally severe and damnable crimes?

Yes, you may now label us as black men behind the screen, writing all this, and honestly speaking, we don’t even care what you think about us. Your perceptions about us will be only wrong, and because you don’t know who we are. Yeah, we are your Black Lives Matter supporters. Put us behind the bars for raising our voice.

Let’s talk about another instance here, remember the Eric Garner case? On July 23rd, 2014, he was charged for selling cigarettes illegally, and was put into a choke hold until he died of asphyxiation.

They say Americans traded slaves from Africa. No sir, free Africans were brought to the American soil and sold as slaves, without their consent, forcibly, and violently. They weren’t even treated as a human, let alone as a citizen, and you say you are the victim.

The media, the police, they all have been plotting against the black community for so long that now whenever you see a black man passing by, you either lock your car door or hold your bag a bit tighter, you frown in anger and fear, and you start praying to God that he doesn’t do you any harm. Guess what, he is also doing the same damn thing.

Donald Trump: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Donald Trump: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Politics

Donald Trump: the name either makes you cringe, laugh, or make you feel short of words. But you can’t ignore the fact that he has become the 45th POTUS. And there’s one more aspect about Trump that you can’t deny: the man got guts. His audacity knows no bounds, and his vision and speeches are, err, we’ll talk about them later on.

But first, let’s talk about something we believe in, everybody has three sides, the good, the bad and the ugly. And Trump is not an exception to this belief, and why should anyone be? We are all but human, and we do have different sides to us.

Let’s talk about the Good side of Trump, our 45th President (Oh God… Moment right):

These are the excerpts from his most famous book, The Art of the Deal, originally published in 1987: “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”

His belief that any publicity is good publicity and being center of attention is good for business, whether it’s good attention or bad, doesn’t matter, can’t be denied. Notoriety has always been his friend, and that’s evident from his success at the electoral campaigns.

As the man himself once said, “What you do is important, but what’s more important is for to keep doing something.”

Speaking of the bad, let’s talk about the campaign. When his claims of grabbing women by their genitals got out, his campaign suddenly took an ugly turn. And then his remarks about an actress Arianne Zucker, “I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” also raised a lot of eyebrows.

And when he was asked about his opinion about anything, all he had to say was, “I have the right words for this, and the words are huge”. Too bad we never got to know what those words were. The way he and Hillary were debating, it sounded more like kindergarten chatter rather than two reasonable and mature people talking and discussing a solution to a problem. We got to see a better discussion then these two between Tomi Lahren and Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.

And then something really ugly truth: Trump won the elections. And here we are, wondering what to do now? His supporters are ecstatic while others are perplexed. But don’t you think it’s the people of the nation that define its course? Do the math and see where you stand as a citizen. Don’t whine, do something!