Why such hype about the Michael Brown killing?
By Brandon Martinez
Why is there such hype over the police shooting death of one African-American 18-year-old in the US? Every death is a tragedy, but the disproportionate coverage of the slaying of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this month is odd, don’t you think?
The disputed incident and its aftermath has been the mainstay of media headlines for weeks. Even international media outlets have picked up on the story.
In contrast, murders of white people in the US are not given proportionate coverage, and are in fact downplayed quite significantly by all major media.
When in 2007, a young white Tennessee couple, Channon Christian and Chris Newson, were abducted by five black assailants, sexually assaulted and then murdered in a brutal fashion, the national media was completely silent. Dozens of other murders of whites in a similarly grotesque manner go underreported or unreported by major outlets in the US and abroad. In fact, black-on-white crime is a veritable taboo in the mass media, never to be broached with any serious vigor.
The race of black or non-white perpetrators of violent crime is often completely left out of media reports. It is even worse in Europe where immigrants charged with violent offenses are given extremely lenient sentences for despicable crimes.
Unbeknownst to most people, white people in South Africa are in danger of genocide. Genocide Watch has been tracking the violent racist murders of South African whites, especially farmers, who have been killed in the tens of thousands since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Yet you’d never know about it if you were an avid follower of mainstream media.
America’s black community has mobilized mass protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown, alleging the cause of the tragedy stems from white racism in the Ferguson police force. The race of the offending police officer in this instance is being heavily emphasized, whereas if the roles were reversed (i.e., Michael Brown was white and the officer who shot him was black) than the race of the officer or the slain teen would not even be an issue here. In fact, the death might not even have been reported outside local media.
The moral particularism of some African-Americans is hard to ignore. Citing a 2012 study by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, American Free Press writer Victor Thorn pointed out that “in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.” Thorn quotes an FBI crime report which stated that “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” “By contrast,” Thorn explained, “the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.”
Some of these violent crimes are committed explicitly due to the perpetrator’s racist contempt for the white victims, yet such incidents are rarely covered in any substantial way by major media.
Despite numerous studies and FBI crime statistics that consistently demonstrate the disproportionate number of violent crimes committed by blacks and other minorities in the US, there are never any mass demonstrations against the perpetrators of these crimes. African-Americans are not protesting the racist attacks against whites in South Africa. No, they are silent on the issue.
The fact is that the political power of whites in the US and other Western countries has declined dramatically over the past 50 to 60 years. Today, it is not uncommon to find harsh critiques of white history in high schools and universities. The constant bleating about slavery and colonial-era misconduct of European states is the bread and butter of the history and sociology departments of most major universities. Yet other racial and ethnic groups are not faced with the same obsessive historical scrutiny. People of African descent are not told to feel guilty about the plethora of atrocities that have occurred on their continent of origin over the centuries, including slavery which is a crime most races and cultures on earth have tried their hand at; Chinese are not told to feel bad about the colossal misdeeds committed by Chairman Mao’s communist regime or other dark periods in Chinese history; Jews are not made to feel remorseful over the fact that many of their people spearheaded Bolshevism and are responsible for the carnage and cruelty it inflicted upon the people of Russia and Eastern Europe. But white people are implored to hang their heads in perpetual shame over the actions and policies of their elite hundreds of years ago when morality wasn’t quite as far up the humanist ladder as it is today.
As Jared Taylor of American Renaissance pointed out in a recent video entitled “War on Whites,” racist outbursts against whites by prominent people in society are not met with hostility by the media or academia. It is perfectly ok to insult whites and make crass generalizations about them. Taylor cites several recent articles appearing in mainstream periodicals headlined “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” and “Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen.” Those responsible for such diatribes are rarely, if ever, reprimanded or scrutinized. One extreme example is that of Noel Ignatiev, a Jewish former professor of American history at Massachusetts College of Art who founded a bizarre magazine called “Race Traitor” and notoriously called for the white race to be “abolished.” The Race Traitor magazine’s tagline is: “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.” Many other examples of this kind of hate speech against whites can be found permeating mainstream media and academic discourse in the West, yet if similar things are said by prominent whites against other ethnic groups, there is overwhelming backlash from all areas of society.
The double standards are clear as day on the issue of race. Ethnic minorities in the West are encouraged to be ethnocentric, chauvinistic and to act in concert with one another to advance their ethnic interests, whereas whites are condemned as racists for doing the same. White academics such as Philippe Rushton are scolded, hounded and harried for even suggesting, based on scientific data, that there are biological differences between the races.
In the US, black ethnocentrism is encouraged, as evidenced by state-enforced discrimination in their favour. Affirmative action, blacks-only scholarships, blacks-only colleges, BET (Black Entertainment Television) – these are but a few examples of the privileges that blacks are afforded in the US. In Canada, people of Native/Indian stock are given all sorts of government hand-outs, including free education, healthcare, housing, not having to pay income taxes, etc., as compensation for past wrongs. There are no such special privileges for whites, and any expressions of ethnocentrism on the part of whites are denounced as bigotry and supremacy.
Nobody is complaining that the NBA is “too black” and “needs more diversity,” even though at least 90 per cent of its overpaid players are black. But it is constantly said that universities, police forces, the Supreme Court, political parties, etc., in Western countries are “too white” and “need more diversity.” Why the double standard? Is there a latent anti-white racism lurking behind such calls for “diversity”?
I dislike ultra-racism, hyper-ethnic chauvinism and plastic patriotism as much as the next person. Introspection is a noble value; criticizing one’s own people when they do wrong is a righteous thing in the same way that parents who admonish their children when they misbehave are trying to help, not hurt, their children. Defending one’s own simply by virtue of their race, culture, nationality or religion is a negative attribute, and leads to extreme narcissism, nepotism and other nasty expressions.
But I also believe in honest and fair treatment, and that is scarcely to be found on the issues of race, racism and ethnocentrism.
Copyright 2014 Brandon Martinez