Can we have one?

When Barack Obama was elected President, many of us were looking forward to that honest conversation about Race that we had needed for so long. Did we have it, because I don’t remember it, and based on what’s happening today, lots of people don’t either.

The media is supposed to speak truth to power. But what happens when they instead speak slander to a teenager? The answer is that is costs half a billion dollars. And counting.

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Maybe we can deal with race relations seriously next time?

Dozens Gather In MAGA Hats In Hopes Washington Post Will Defame Them So They Can Become Millionaires

Washington Post settles Nicholas Sandmann defamation lawsuit in Covington Catholic High School controversy

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro bitten by ostrich-like bird during coronavirus quarantine

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Show transcript

Back in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected President, people were hopeful that now we could really have that “honest conversation about race”. But I have to ask, did we have it and I didn’t hear about it? Because there’s a lot of stuff going on these days that makes me think that a lot of people didn’t hear about it either.

Actually, we didn’t. And here’s why. During Obama’s tenure, the case of Michael Brown made the national news. It was claimed that he had his hands up and saying, “Don’t shoot!” when he was shot by a cop. Before all the facts came out, protesters, and even some Democrats on the floor of the houses of Congress, chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot!” in solidarity with Brown and against the cop. And then when all the facts did come out, it turned out that it never happened. Instead, after trying to (unsuccessfully) grab the cop’s gun, he ran off then came charging back, which is when the cop shot him. What that said to me was that those on the Left were entirely too quick to assume racism – too quick to reach into the mind of the officer and see something that wasn’t there – to be able to have that honest discussion. If your first impulse is to 1) assume the intent of a person and 2) assume the worst intentions of a person, then you’re not ready to discuss an intent like racism in the general population.

The problem was that there were some much better examples of what might be racism in policing during that time, but the Left shot their credibility such that it was clear that they weren’t going to be discussing in good faith. We needed that honest conversation, but it couldn’t happen.

This year, we had another chance to have it. When George Floyd died being restrained by a cop, this was a chance to discuss racism, and what part it might play in police brutality. The peaceful protesters were asking for that, and they had (I would estimate) the vast majority of America on board, as I’ve said before.

Instead, the violent protesters took over the discussion, or at least the media attention. As I wrote up this episode, riots were still happening to one degree or another in various places around the country. And the conversation? Well people are calling classical music racist. The U.S. Conference of Mayors released a letter that supported a Democratic plan to move towards reparations, paying out somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 quadrillion; $6,000 trillion! The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture put out an infographic claiming that traits like objective and rational thinking, the family unit, planning for the future, the idea that intent matters when dispensing justice, and politeness are examples of things that even people of color have internalized from living in “white dominant culture”; they describe “whiteness”, as though no other cultures have ever come by that themselves. (When someone plants a seed instead of eating it, they are planning for the future. Cultures all over the world learned that.)

These sorts of shenanigans, as well as calls to defund the police, just tell me again that the Left is still not ready for an honest conversation about race. If we want to talk solutions about how to deal with race relations, we have to be calm and rational and honest about it.

That’s what I think, or maybe it’s just my “whiteness” talking.

I love reading articles, and in many cases just the headlines, from the Christian-run satire site The Babylon Bee. Bloggers over at the big Instapundit site commonly refer to it as “the paper of record” because so much of its satire turns out to be either prescient or at least more truthful than some stuff out there.

One of their headlines recently was, “Dozens Gather In MAGA Hats In Hopes Washington Post Will Defame Them So They Can Become Millionaires” The real-life story this piece refers to is about Nicholas Sandmann, the MAGA-hat-wearing teen who was savaged in the media when, after attending the annual March For Life in DC and waiting for the bus to pick them up, a bunch of students from a high school were approached by a native American banging a drum. He approached the group and stopped in front of Sandmann, still banging his drum and chanting. The media ran with the story with little more than a close-up video. Nick did nothing to the man. He just stood there. The other students did poke some fun at the man, but Sandmann did not.

The media called Sandmann racist over the incident, believing reports that he had brought on the confrontation and blocked the man’s path. That went on until better footage of the incident from farther back showed nothing of the kind.

Sandmann proceeded to sue the media outlets for defamation. He settled with CNN for $275 million, and just recently he settled with the Washington Post for $250 million. So the kid gets a full-ride scholarship to college (or, as my younger noted, a full-ride scholarship to life) courtesy of the mainstream media. And there are more media outlets to come.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call “accountability”. The media are supposed to be the ones holding people to account; speaking truth to power. These days they’re speaking slander to a high school kid.

I’m with ya’, Nick. Accountability is a good thing. If more people had the guts to do this, there would be less irresponsible journalism. Come to think of it, maybe that should be your college major.

Meanwhile, President Bolsanaro of Brazil, while in quarantine due to a positive test for COVID-19, got bitten by a rhea, a flightless bird related to an ostrich. He was feeding the rhea (well, trying to) when it happened. OK, it must be nice to have your own petting zoo while confined to the presidential palace. I’m sure you and I would be able to handle quarantine better at a palace, but after a while it appears to be boring. The President said that he, “can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible.” Indeed, must be rough.

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