After reflection on the events following the grand jury no-bill in the Ferguson, Missouri case and its aftermath, it occurs to me that the main culprit in the story is the media, which desperately must fill its voracious news cycle with provocative material and which predominantly is not interested in balanced coverage, preferring instead coverage that features the theme of racial conflict and often promotes the narrative of the aggrieved and the oppressed. As suggested by Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal, the Ferguson case and others like it fit this narrative and are covered wall to wall, while Chicago, with its rampant black on black crime, does not.
When the media suggest that we need a “conversation on race”, what they really mean is a politically correct conversation, one limited to the analysis of oppression of minorities by the system, regardless of evidence and moderated by the likes of Al Sharpton and other race hustlers who have no credibility as contributors to this conversation at any level and whose inclusion as an advisor to President Obama is an outrage which severely damages the credibility of his office on the issue. However tragic his demise in Ferguson, Michael Brown wasn’t the victim in this story, he was the bad actor, primarily responsible for his fate. The unfortunate victims are (1) the true status of race relations in this country, which is in much better shape than was portrayed by the media coverage of this case and the subsequent “protests”, and (2) police protection in urban areas, which will suffer as police officers become more reluctant to respond to potential crime threats as a result of the lack of support from political leaders such as New York City Mayor DeBlasio. And the ultimate losers will be responsible blacks in heavy crime areas.