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We see numerous Criminal Masterminds in movies and TV shows but fewer in real life. In Baltimore, however, a genuine Genius is being charged with first-degree murder.

From the Daily Mail:

Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger says 15-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews, and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV are charged in the Monday killing of Officer Amy Caprio.

L to R: Ward, Genius, and Matthews

By the way, do you get the feeling that maybe Matthews’ grandmother is taking the fall for the 16 year old male?

The three were robbing a house when their getaway driver, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, ran 29-year-old Caprio over with a stolen Jeep when she tried to take him into custody.

While they were not directly involved in Caprio’s death, Maryland law indicates they can be held responsible ‘for everything that occurs as the result of that burglary,’ Shellenberger said. …

Matthew and Ward allegedly admitted to the burglary when they were interviewed, while Genius initially declined to give a statement. Genius later objected to being charged with murder, saying he was in the house when the crime occurred and only knew two of the others involved.

Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.

Hopefully, Gene Genius IV will be given conjugal visiting privileges. As a woke Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. would say in the Current Year:

“Four generations of Geniuses are not enough.”

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  1. TBA says:

    How come 16-year-old Matthews, on the right, looks middle aged?

  2. Anonymous[385] • Disclaimer says:

    The You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up Department has been merged with the Department of Redundancy Department.

    Not to be confused with the earlier and trippier effort from Bowie’s later protegee’ :

  3. Anonymous[203] • Disclaimer says:

    Of course, the word ‘genius’ is from the same root as ‘genetics’, ‘gene’ etc, from the Latin ‘gens’ meaning ‘people’ – but with the shade of meaning as found in the English ‘kin’ – from the same IE root, and fully cognate, in that the idea was of the lines of blood descent.
    In ancient Rome, a ‘genius’ was in the nature of a ‘household deity’, the ‘personal’ god of a particular family strongly linked with the idea of ancestral genetic continuity within that family.

  4. Anonymous[203] • Disclaimer says:

    One of those perps’ faces reminds me of the ‘Raggetty’ character from the old Rupert Bear TV cartoon.

  5. Another woman sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.

    And Genius is the lightest of the three – surely the implications are racist?

  6. Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius

    As Shakespeare would have it:

    What’s in a name? That which we call a dimwit,
    By any other word would be as daft

  7. DFH says:

    I was expecting this to be a story about Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • Replies: @ThirdWorldSteveReader
  8. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:

    Trolling us, but no, not Coates.

    By the way, Dawnta is a male name?

    • Replies: @snorlax
  9. Anon[150] • Disclaimer says:

    Why do we have to rely on the Daily Mail for stories like this? An American media company should jump in an clone what they’re doing, critics be damned. If Drudge want to expand …

    Dawnta, age 14, was wearing an ankle bracelet during the crime, for some other crime. Now a cop is dead.

  10. Sunbeam says:

    “Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.”

    So Dickens is doing True Crime now, eh?

  11. ChrisZ says:

    Saw this story yesterday on the Microsoft news homepage and had a feeling it would be picked up by Steve.

    What I saw on that site was a textbook example of how the media distort perception of the news by juxtaposing unrelated words and pictures. The headline read something like: “Another teen charged in death of police officer.” The accompanying picture was of a very young-looking white woman, smiling for the camera in what could be a school setting, with the photo cropped to eliminate all but her head.

    Now the woman in the photo was, in fact, the slain officer (the full picture shows she’s wearing a uniform, but all traces of it were cropped out of the homepage image).

    But to the person scrolling through headlines, what they would perceive is “another teen charged in murder” and a picture of a white girl. The two together “read” as: this white person is the teen in a murder conspiracy. And promoting that misreading is clearly the editorial purpose here: to create an impression that whites are currently at large performing Bonnie and Clyde acts of violence, and to obscure the fact of chronic black violence and criminality.

    Again, this editorial tactic is aimed at the casual headline scroller—i.e., most people—who looks at a busy internet news page to glean general impressions of what’s going on in the world. My iSteve training offers some immunity to it, helps me decode what the editors want me to perceive, flags unlikely word-image associations. But such training is still rare, alas.

    • Agree: ben tillman, Anonym
    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    , @Anon
  12. Pericles says:

    Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.

    Or perhaps his last name is actually ‘IV’?

  13. anonymous[373] • Disclaimer says:

    A website chronicling the crimes and misbehavior of the various black geniuses in the US would be a full time job requiring an office staff. This genius the fourth must be some sort of royalty.

  14. Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.

    He might be the first in his direct male line to adopt the surname IV. Or Genius IV. And for all we know, he might be pronouncing it as “Ivy.”

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Ivy
  15. Arclight says:

    From WaPo:

    Kind of a disappointing article since it didn’t really ask any hard questions…maybe some of the ordinary white people who have left the Democrats have done so because they don’t want to be ruled by a party that feels their concerns need to take a back seat to the desires of communities that produced Mr. Genius et al.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  16. Jake says:

    And ‘eugene’ means ‘well born,’

    Is it not the height of EVIL to try to make a criminal out of a Numinous Negro named Eugene Genius? And isn’t that evil doubled by happening in Baltimore, which originally was renowned as the city of merchants creating a very livable place (which just so happened to have large numbers of pro-Confederates), and then was revived as city of white male blue collar labor, likewise operating a most livable place (which had its own racism everywhere), and finally was freed to be a paradise of Negro freedoms offering freedom to all?

    Perhaps if we destroy all statues of Southerners from all time periods, and arrest all who dare publicly display a Confederate flag, and join Israel in slaughtering more Palestinians, perhaps then we can expiate the sin a fraction.

  17. @TBA

    All three look physically older than their white and Asian age cohort, an r-selected trait.

    C.S. Lewis wrote a scene in The Last Battle where one of the animal characters ceases to be a Talking Beast. Do Genius and his merry crew have any sense of forward-thinking or moral agency? I doubt it.

  18. The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Streets come to life.

  19. unit472 says:

    I was impressed by the rap dermatologist and self taught plastic surgeon Windell C. Davis-Boutte. She was featured on Ashley Banfield’s HLN program last night. See her innovative surgical techiques here.

  20. @PiltdownMan

    I assume the “IV” was tacked on for the same reason he was named Genius. Because it’s Ghetto Fabulous.

    • Replies: @Barnard
  21. countenance says: • Website

    Which means his great-grandfather was Eugene Genius Sr.

    Insert “regression to the mean” joke here.

  22. bomag says:

    That is quite the receding hairline.

  23. So why are the local politicians not falling all over themselves apologizing for arresting these fine young men? What they did is not much worse than, say, an NBA player parking in two handicap parking spots at the same time and then attacking the cops when they approached him. In that case the politicians did indeed fall all over themselves in virtue signalling their apologies for arresting that fine young man.

    Laws? We don’t need to obey no stinking laws!

  24. With a name like that he could be nicknamed Gene Gene, as in Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.

  25. @Arclight

    maybe some of the ordinary white people who have left the Democrats

    Per Ronald Reagan, ca. 1960, they didn’t leave the party. The party left them.

    • Replies: @Arclight
  26. The other Eugene looks a lot smarter, but that may be the effect of the spectacles. He seems somewhat oilier, too, which is fitting since his first name is Derrick.

    Jim Carrey’s middle name is Eugene, which he said is a way for parents to ensure that their kid doesn’t turn out too cool.

  27. Dr. X says:

    This entire “cop thing” has become a farce and a joke. The cops tell us that it’s so dangerous out there that they need to be dressed in Level IV body armor and Kevlar, armed with M-4s, ride around in MRAPs, and act like door-kickers in Fallujah… then they send out little girls in cop uniforms who look like they’re playing dress-up on Halloween.

    I don’t know who’s dumber here — the African “geniuses” doing what comes naturally to them, or the police for thinking that the ‘lil African “geniuses” in the act of committing a felony were going to stop dead in their tracks and meekly submit when some petite little white girl in a cop uniform told them “Halt” in her loudest “big-girl” voice.

    I call it a draw. Cops and Negroes deserve each other… I want nothing to do with either.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  28. Arclight says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That’s true – in the not so distant past you could characterize the Democrats as being more focused on the fortunes of the middle and lower middle class, especially through their support of organized labor. But as organized labor and those jobs shrank they increasingly turned to zero-sum identity politics.

    That seems to me to be their biggest mistake – they could hang onto a lot of white voters if they still had more of an economic angle and couched the ‘civil rights’ stuff as helping others out without it coming at someone else’s cost. But the modern Democratic party and many of its constituents are actually motivated by the desire to punish – it’s their turn to have the whip hand and ‘justice’ demands that the hated white majority be made to feel pain for the benefit of the more virtuous people of color.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. Barnard says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Just because he calls himself Eugene Genius IV I would not assume that means he is the fourth Eugene Genius in his family. His dad probably changed his name and then gave that moniker to his son.

  30. anon[217] • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks for the laugh of the day. Too funny.

  31. Mr. Hack says:

    Not really that hard to keep the two separate! :-)

  32. eah says:

    Just so it does not go unnoticed amidst the aether of “wry detachment” here:

    She leaves behind her husband, Tim, her parents and two sisters.

    Cue General Casey.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
    , @J.Ross
  33. He’s the IVth genius in a row too. No regression to the mean there! In fact every one in his family is a Genius.

    • Replies: @ThirdWorldSteveReader
  34. J. Dart says:

    Newspapers love to portray “felony murder rule” cases as some sort of awful miscarriage of justice. Riles up the bleeding hearts. (Surprised to see the Daily Mail taking that angle, though.)

    I for one think it’s a very good legal tradition, worth preserving.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  35. Jon says:

    How come 16-year-old Matthews, on the right, looks middle aged?

    It’s the hairline – it practically runs in a straight line, ear to ear, right over the top of his head. No 16 yr old should ever have a hairline like that.

  36. ChrisZ says:

    After writing my previous comment, I logged onto the news site I mentioned–its, BTW–and found another illustration of the tactic I described. This one is arguably even more insidious.

    Here’s the link to the MSN story, so you can judge for yourselves:

    But to elaborate: The headline reads: “French couple convicted of murdering nanny in London and burning her body.” The accompanying photo is of a very Middle-Eastern-looking young woman, somewhat disshevelled.

    The implication from the association of words and picture on the homepage is: Here is the nanny who was killed by an evil French (i.e. White) couple.

    This impresion seems to be borne out in the first paragraph of the linked story:
    “A French couple were found guilty on Thursday of murdering their nanny and burning her body in their back garden in London after what police said was months of mistreatment, threats and physical abuse that left her a virtual prisoner.”

    Terrible, right? That’s just what white people do.

    But now read the second paragraph:
    “Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were described at the Old Bailey court as having spun a web of lies to justify the torture and murder last year of their nanny…”

    So the woman in the homepage picture is NOT the murdered nanny, as we were led to believe, but the convicted murderess. And she’s only “French” in the legal sense: no report I read asserted that the couple are Muslims, but the origins of both killers are obvious (the murderess is more glamorous in photos than the mug shot suggests).

    Oh, and what about the enthnicity of the tortured, dead nanny? She’s identified as “…Sophie Lionnet, 21, from Troyes in eastern France.”

    Here’s the victim’s picture (from another source); could be mistaken for a Maid of Orleans:

    I guess we should be grateful that the news story gives all the names in the second paragraph, instead of leaving those details to the unread ending, in the mode of the New York Times. Our press has not yet become so boldly cynical as to fabricate news items wholesale. But they do make strenuous efforts, as seen here and elsewhere, to give the most perniciously misleading impressions to the benighted (or merely busy).

  37. roo_ster says:

    WRT Bowie:
    Hard to reconcile the music and lyrics with the clothes & hair. Close your eyes, and it sounds like blue jeans, boots, and unkempt hair. Open your eyes and HOLY CRAP WHAT IS THAT!?

  38. Note that Eugene Robert Genius IV is, evidently, the fourth scion in his direct male line to be named Eugene Genius.

    Clearly, his genius is the result of careful breeding.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  39. @International Jew

    Yes, its like a royal family.

    • LOL: Kylie
  40. cthoms says:

    Matthew’s glasses are cosmetic only; he got tired of being called Bubbles all the time.

  41. tyrone says:

    what was a “nice white lady” like Amy doing ….four years ….baltimore police officer ? bad career move nice white lady.

  42. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Genius would be the Latin male first name I guess the female first name would be Genia or Eugenia and Eugene in modern times

    16 I wonder if they had drivers licenses or even drs permits. It’s terrible to kill a police officer but at least it will ensure long prison sentences. Wonder if they already had children.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  43. Anonymous[138] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: speaking of black men behaving in a manner that is unflattering, yet stereotypical of black men, Morgan Freeman is the latest man in Hollywood to get Me- Tooed.

    Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment

    • Replies: @anon
    , @BenKenobi
  44. I wonder who is smarter, Gene Genius the ivv, or Te-Sneezy the genius? There must be something in the Baltimore water producing all these rocket surgeons.

  45. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:

    But the modern Democratic party and many of its constituents are actually motivated by the desire to punish – it’s their turn to have the whip hand and ‘justice’ demands that the hated white majority be made to feel pain for the benefit of the more virtuous people of color.

    This motivation to punish white Americans is deeply anti-Christian. Christians are urged to forgive others, yet the culture of diversity seems based on the idea of no forgiveness for whites ever. Never forget … never forgive.

  46. WTOP has arguments from the lawyer for one of the defendents:

    Gordon pointed out that Caprio was called not for a report of a burglary, but of a suspicious vehicle. The fact that Harris was sitting in a stolen vehicle, and that the three other teens were supposedly committing a burglary, was all known to police “after the fact,” he said, and that at the moment Caprio blocked the Wrangler in, the situation “amounted to a traffic stop.”

    [. . .]

    The lawyer cited a witness who said they heard Caprio quickly order Harris out of the vehicle, then shoot: “’Get out of the car get out of the car get out of the car’ and then pop.”

    “We want to know why Officer Caprio found it necessary to draw her weapon on a 16-year-old child,” Gordon said. He characterized Harris’ actions as those of someone who was simply trying to get away from being shot at.

    Now, it’s a defense lawyer’s job to make dubious arguments like that, and I don’t hold it against him. It may even be true that the death was not completely deliberate and something short of murder. Still, it is almost funny how the lawyer tapped into the framing of the day that this was another case of neighbors calling the police just because a black person looks suspicious. OK, the car the black person was sitting in was stolen, and he was a lookout for a robbery in progress, but none of the white people involved knew that. They were just picking on a child because he was black.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  47. You gotta wonder what they hoped to steal in a burglary. TV are too big to carry, Ipads are a dime a dozen, what could be worth it?

    • Replies: @gp
  48. My name Eugene Genius Eye-Vee.
    Dey charged me with murder. Why me?
    Da killa is Dawnta*.
    Charge him if you wanta.
    Does you know a good lawyer? A hymie?

    *I’m guessing Dawnta is pronounced “Dawn-tay”, but for rhyming purposes, let’s pronounce it as spelt.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @ChrisZ
  49. FKA Max says:

    Le’Genius Wisdom Williams of St. Petersburg, who was 13 then, pleaded guilty to shooting 15-year-old Dinarick Ford three times after the older teen reportedly taunted him. Ford survived. the older teen reportedly taunted him. Ford survived.

    Fabolus inner city monikers, poor marksmanship, and Florida…..Gonna be tough to top this headline!

    (BONUS: from Teh Genius to Le’Genius……I see a MacArthur Fellowship in this youngsters future!)


    • Replies: @FKA Max
  50. anon[189] • Disclaimer says:

    No. Shawshank Redemption. Say it ain’t so.

    It doesn’t sound that serious. True to form, he didn’t expose himself. Post Cosby, blacks are fair game.

  51. anon[204] • Disclaimer says:

    How dare they, he’s a Genius! And what’s more a 4th generation Genius, from a family of Geniuses!

  52. snorlax says:

    Non-Geniuses have a hard time spelling “Dante.”

  53. notanon says:

    says 15-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews, and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV

    an eugenic criminal justice policy would involve a 3-strikes system for juveniles where after 3-strikes they get put away till around age 24-26.

  54. Genius. …Gene Genius.

  55. a reader says:

    The one in the center looks 13 years old, with his dad on the left and grandma on the right.

  56. BenKenobi says:

    LOL Vancouver is about to roll out a promotional program where Morgan Freeman does the voice work for all public transit.

    I wonder how long it will last now.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @Anon
  57. @Anonymous

    The Spiders from Mars were all Yorkies.

    Only Woody Woodmansey is still alive.

  58. Ivy says:

    I may need an I.V. after that ;p

    Is Eugene chasing his cousin?

  59. Dumbo says:
    @the one they call Desanex

    Oh dear. Some black names you have to read them out loud to understand (and even then…)

    By the way, why are there so many African-Americans named Dante (or variations such as Dantevious, Dawnta, etc).

    Were their baby mamas reading the Divine Comedy too much?

  60. @notanon

    “an eugenic criminal justice policy would involve a 3-strikes system for juveniles where after 3-strikes they get put away till around age 24-26.”

    Wrong. A truly eugenic criminal justice policy would involve a 3-strikes systems for juveniles where after 3 strikes they get put away until around the year 2426.

    • Replies: @notanon
  61. Big Bill says:

    No healthy society puts little girls out on the street in cop uniforms.

    I refuse to “honor” her “sacrifice”. It encourages fools.

    • Replies: @eah
  62. J.Ross says: • Website

    I thought it was this:

    An Oxford medical student “too bright” to be given a prison sentence has been allowed to walk free from court – despite the judge acknowledging that she broke her bail conditions.

    Lavinia Woodward, 24, who stabbed her Cambridge University boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife, was spared jail yesterday as she was commended for her “strong and unwavering determination” to address her drug addiction.

  63. I call it a draw. Cops and Negroes deserve each other… I want nothing to do with either.

    A “draw”?

    To put that in perspective, imagine one of those groups disappearing & the other remaining.

    Now imagine that scenario with the groups reversed.

    Still a draw?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  64. J.Ross says: • Website

    No disrespect intended to a fallen officer but this linked article has two issues:
    –she was killed by a moron mishandling his car, not “in the line of duty,” unless they deliberately made that unclear or all police everywhere are on duty, and
    –I am sick of reading Soviet emotional gibberish. These articles read just like Soviet newspaper articles: minimal facts, many emotional statements and adverbs, and a constant eye on the abstraction known as the community, which is perpetually “pulling together,” like it sits above a waterfall.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  65. @J.Ross

    The lady police officer was confronting the getaway driver in an ongoing burglary. He hit her with his car and killed her. Sound likes “in the line of duty” to me.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  66. @Anonymous

    You beat me to it! My first thought was also of ‘Jean Genie’

    Supposedly it was written as a musical caricature of Iggy Pop.

    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
  67. @BenKenobi

    Just heard on the CBC news that it has been “put on hold”. That was quick.

  68. Anonymous[120] • Disclaimer says:

    16 I wonder if they had drivers licenses or even drs permits.

    Doubtful. Genius and the other three Einsteins (including the killer/getaway driver, Dawnta) were using a STOLEN Jeep as getaway vehicle.

  69. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    You are absolutely right. Thanks for pointing it out.
    I scan freerepublic for the daily news.

    It’s obviously a joint effort of the Republican Party the government of Israel and AIPAC. It’s also very religious and anti living wage.

    But in crime and racial issues it’s just the very best. The commenters always find and post the pictures of the innocent teens forced to commit crime because of a racist society

    CofCC. Org is also great on black crime.

  70. J1234 says:

    He should change his name to Ho’Lotta Grey-Matter. Yes, I know, Ho’Lotta sounds more like a black girl name. I’m too tired to come up with anything better.

  71. Some of this falls on BLM. The officer was in an untenable position. If she had shot the criminal before he killed her with the car, the screams about “shooting an unarmed black teen” would have commenced, she would have been fired, and BPD would have been sued for millions. There was no good move for her, due to the prevailing rhetoric.

  72. @ChrisZ

    You would have made your argument stronger by mentioning that the nanny was killed by a couple, and the picture is of one person. Everyone is going to anticipate that a picture of a woman alone is a picture of the victim. That has to be deliberate racial defamation.

  73. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s worse? His ugly face or that sanctimonious voice. I just can’t stand his voice.

  74. @J. Dart

    Newspapers love to portray “felony murder rule” cases as some sort of awful miscarriage of justice. Riles up the bleeding hearts. (Surprised to see the Daily Mail taking that angle, though.)

    I for one think it’s a very good legal tradition, worth preserving.

    The problem in this case is that the idiot prosecutor has admitted that the felony murder rule doesn’t apply even while he tries to apply it.

    He didn’t charge Genius with burglary, so the murder wasn’t committed in the course of a burglary.

  75. It would be really great if these morons were tried, convicted, and executed. preferably publicly, in the next 30 days. That would get everybody’s attention.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    , @J.Ross
  76. gp says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    They do it for sport, for street-cred, to show off to their friends. We have teams of little murderous a-holes just like this all over Rockford, IL. The perps will receive 1000X more consideration from the process than the victim’s family will. These stories fill me with rage. We need to double the number of prison cells in America, lock all these a-holes up, and never ever release them.

  77. Ivy says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Ron White had a bit in his stand-up routine about the fast lane execution process in Texas, go right to the head of the line.

  78. notanon says:
    @fredyetagain aka superhonky

    i’m trying to make a slippery slope argument

  79. @TBA

    More relevant, how come he looks like an old woman?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  80. dfordoom says: • Website
    @John Mansfield

    “We want to know why Officer Caprio found it necessary to draw her weapon on a 16-year-old child,

    Because she was a girl and a girl cop has no other way of asserting authority other than to draw a gun. And because a 16-year-old boy is a whole lot stronger than an adult woman. That’s why girls should not be cops.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  81. @ThirdWorldSteveReader

    Maybe the young criminal’s grandmother is taking the fall for him, “I am Spartacus!”-style?

  82. @Buzz Mohawk

    They’re a prominent family in Lake Wobegon.

  83. @ChrisZ

    Nicholas Stix ( refers to this process of putting a White person’s picture up against a Black’s crime report as “shepherding.”

  84. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    My mistake, I must have missed it in all the protestations of unity.

  85. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jim Don Bob

    Not how our system has worked since it was broken.

  86. @Roderick Spode

    I remembered another amusing fact. In addition to being a tribute to the swaggering manner (partially cribbed from lightweight black Chicago bluesers like Junior Wells), of the artist’s Illinois-born-and-bred friend Iggy Pop, the track also features the signature Bo Diddly bass guitar , associated heavily with the great* R’n’B music of the post-migration midwest.

    In other words, Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ is a celebration of the Great Migration’s positive cultural impact on the northern USA. Gene Genius nicely illustrates the considerable flipside.

    *Some might deny that this music is great, but I don’t believe them.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    , @Brutusale
  87. FKA Max says:
    @FKA Max

    Copy-paste error correction, I accidentally double copy-pasted the last part of the following sentence: “Le’Genius Wisdom Williams of St. Petersburg, who was 13 then, pleaded guilty to shooting 15-year-old Dinarick Ford three times after the older teen reportedly taunted him. Ford survived. []”

    I also found this:

    Genius Boy’s name meaning, origin, and popularity

    in 2017

    The name has dropped in popularity. It used by a 5 in a million favorite in 2010, but it has dropped to only a 2 in a million favorite baby name in 2016 according to the “” website. The source is “Social Security Administration & BabyCenter user data”

    We are running out of Geniuses…

    • Replies: @FKA Max
  88. FKA Max says:
    @FKA Max

    Typo: It used *to be* a 5 in a million favorite

    I’m not on top of my commenting game at the moment… I think I need more sleep.

  89. @ChrisZ

    In addition to what you’ve noted, Chris, did you see that in the second article you linked there are no captions on the photos of the victim?

    And then the article starts off describing the killers, and the first name mentioned, appearing right next to the photo of the victim, is that of the female murderer. The naive (or time-pressed) reader could easily assume that the woman in the photo is therefore the killer, not the victim, especially since there are no photos of the killers included in the article.

    I’ve seen this kind of suspicious ambiguity in many news sources recently. It’s impossible to believe it’s just innocent sloppiness.

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  90. eah says:
    @Big Bill

    I refuse to “honor” her “sacrifice”.

    Good for you — but I didn’t ask you to — I happen to agree about women as cops; it was one of the thoughts I had when I first heard the story — but I did not read the details — perhaps her sex played no role in what happened (unlike Atlanta in 2005) — but the fact she is dead, killed by feral blacks teens, should be remembered amidst the inappropriate irreverence here.

  91. ChrisZ says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Thanks Calvinist. I’ve concluded that it’s definitely not sloppiness, and the opposite of innocent. I think it’s purposeful and rather sophisticated as an editorial policy for the way we consume news (“news”) in the Internet age: that is, sub-verbally, through a rapid flow of images and a few key words (fed to the viewer/reader, furthermore, by an anonymous and invisible gatekeeper).

    You might say this tactic takes advantage of the natural human genius for creating stereotypes to guide and shape opinion, given a blur of incoming data. But the things I noted are attempts to artificially load the inputs, to dissuade the viewer from making the obvious stereotype (one rooted in reality), and persuade her to create an ideologically-charged stereotype in its place.

    That latter part, about creating a “replacement” stereotype, seems to be the new and insidious effect here. Media have been trying forever to break stereotypes about blacks, immigrants, etc., with only middling success. But it’s only within the last decade or so that they’ve realized, cleverly, that the best way to combat one stereotype is to erect another in its place. Nature abhors a vacuum. The Internet is ideal for effecting the latter, because of its density of images and disconnection from reality.

    Now, the drones who populate the news pages at the MSN sweatshop may be so habituated in this tactic that they’re maintaining it without direct orders from above. But I feel confident that a Scott Adams-type, looking at the news stories I cited—and that you and others here have intelligently added to—would conclude that they were evidence of a “master persuader” at work.

  92. @ChrisZ

    BBC radio news reported the perpetrators as “French” and their victim as “also French”.

  93. @Roderick Spode

    Apparently Bowie’s band pinched it from a cover version of “I’m a Man”.

    Who Sweet snaffled it from at the same time as Bowie, who knows? My memory is of hearing Blockbuster before Gene Genie.

    Alas the video of bassist Steve Priest in Nazi uniform plus pickelhaube on Top of the Pops has been retrospectively censored by the BBC – you can see a blur over his armband, his face has had the false toothbrush moustache removed, his Iron Cross is gone too. IMHO the song is lasting better than Bowie’s.

    “Who controls the past controls the future…”

  94. Brutusale says:
    @Pat Kittle

    If the cops were to disappear, I don’t think it would be too long before the Negroes did, too. Judge Lynch is never to far away.

    As a warning to others:

  95. Brutusale says:
    @Roderick Spode

    Iggy is a proud son of Michigan, raised in a trailer park in Ypsilanti.

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  96. @Brutusale

    Damn, you’re right. It’s been awhile since I was a teenaged Stooges mega-fan.

    If I recall correctly, Iggy did travel to Chicago as a teen to see the great black blues players, though, and it did have an influence on his own performances.

  97. @ChrisZ

    This is great stuff, Chris; very sophisticated and plausible analysis.

    Everybody knows about the gross, obvious ways media products are slanted toward ‘progressive’ ends, e.g.:

    ***Showcasing ‘exemplary’ characters in TV shows and movies, such as the ubiquitous black female judge.

    ***In comedies, relentlessly degrading straight white dads as clueless dolts.

    ***In news stories, not mentioniong the political affiliation of dirty politicians if it’s a D; leading with the affiliation if it’s an R.

    And so on, and so on. But I agree there’s a new wave of more subtle narrative creation and maintenance going on, on just the principles you outline. There are lots of examples:

    ***Labelling perps who are obviously immigrants, legal or otherwise, as just ‘French’, as in this story, or, as Scott Johnson at Powerline has noted in news story after news story involving Somalis, as ‘Minnesota men’.

    ***Instead of showing mugshots of the perp(s), running photos of the victim(s), often caption-free, or with ambiguous captions that say don’t clearly ID the face in the photo. Even the Daily Mail is guilty of this these days. This practice is undoubtedly aided by easy access to victims’ social media accounts.

    ***Completely dispensing with descriptions of perps if they’re unambiguously not white, or else running weird pseudo-descriptions that again can be taken the ‘right’ way. For example, I was reading an account of the recent bombing in Toronto. The perps wore balaclavas, but the article took pains to note that one of them had ‘pale skin’. So is he likely to be a Chechen immigrant, or a nice whitebread Canadian lad?

    ***At the governmental level, simply refusing to notice anything to do with immigration and crime whatsoever. For example, the Swedish government, if I understand correctly, has refused to break down their crime stats by race since 2005.

    ***In a new UK speciality (as they would say) that’s been noted recently on this site, inserting without explanation totally implausible minority characters into historical documentaries and dramas. The BBC have been doing this with lesbian and gay characters for years, but now have started their more-or-less open campaign to convince their populace that the UK ‘has always been a country of immigrants’, also.

    Thanks again for your excellent posts.

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