The Washington Post’s story on Ferguson activists joins with them in not worrying about facts.
One of the most influential media sources in the nation, and NOT ONCE does the “reporter” ask the people she’s covering to talk about the facts of the case at the center of the entire article. It’s all about a mindless, truth-be-damned, quit-my-job-and-sponge-off-others-because-I’m-upset bunch of people who justify stealing and destroying because… well… just because I claim it’s right.
Thus, the Washington Post headline: “Ferguson protest organizers: ‘I sleep, eat and breathe this.’”
It was 8:30 a.m., and DeRay Mckesson was at a McDonald’s here, the place humming with customers despite riots that left the businesses on both sides boarded up.
With two iPhones and a laptop glowing on the table before him, Mckesson began editing the slickly curated newsletter of articles, tweets and photographs that he and a friend have published almost every day since an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was shot by a police officer just around the corner.
Mckesson’s readership has been mounting as tensions in Ferguson are again on the rise ahead of a grand jury’s decision, expected in the coming days, of whether to indict the officer, Darren Wilson.
The protest campaign, which emerged out of the riots that followed Brown’s killing, lacks a single charismatic leader or direction from a national organization. But at the front lines, an influential contingent of organizers including Mckesson is giving the movement a sense of identity and shaping how the American public sees it.
Regardless of whether the grand jury indicts Wilson, protest leaders say they plan to keep pricking the consciousness of whites and the political establishment, using confrontational tactics to make it clear that the lives of African Americans must be protected.
From the facts coming out, Michael Brown did NOT get shot because his skin is dark. Michael Brown got shot because he was creating a traffic hazard, he assaulted a police officer, tried to steal his weapon, and then used his much bigger frame to charge at the officer again in the street.
Yes, there are problems with how authorities often treat people based on skin color–I fully agree with that–but THIS is not the case to use for your cause. You weaken the power of your entire righteous effort by demonstrating no concern for what is right and true, and what would really lead to peace in the community. It would seem the only racists in this case are those supporting Michael Brown.
Again, we see how the press is a major part of what’s wrong with the country. And what the heck is a “social change reporter” anyway? What a load of nonsense.