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In 1987 Tom Wolfe published The Bonfire of the Vanities about the “hunt for the Great White Defendant,” but it’s not clear how many people ever got the joke. How many times since then has the national media gotten worked up over some white racist outrage, but when all the facts came out, it turned out to be a fiasco?

The Post-Bonfire Era of media fiascos over white racism began a month later with the Tawana Brawley hoax promoted by Al Sharpton. Many people today believe that Bonfire is based on that story but Wolfe didn’t own a time machine. He just could just follow out the logic of modern American life better than anybody else did.

In this century alone, I can quickly come up with the following list of fiascos:

Kerri Dunn

Duke Lacrosse

Jena Six

Madonna Constantine’s Columbia Noose

UCSD Noose

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Trayvon Martin

Mohammed Merah

Shaima Alawadi

Oberlin Assault Blanket

Marco McMillian

You can add to the list in the Comments.

Looking at this list, what stands out is how idiotic most of them are. Veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein wonders if the Dominique Strauss-Kahn brouhaha wasn’t engineered by Sarkozy’s intelligence service to cripple his archrival, which would at least be a classy conspiracy. But most of these are just moronic … and yet the national media fell for them.

The lesson that has never been learned is that there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists, so of course various people, mostly stupid, concoct them and the press tends to fall for them.

 
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "qqqqqqqq"] says:
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    No, q. "Pompous fool" would be Anthony Lewis or the anonymous gassers who compose New York Times editorials. Mead is anything but.
    , @OsRazor
    I second your hatred of Walter Russell Mead--I mean, come on! The reverent always reference to his ridiculous middle name--how can you not want to slap him upside the head? He's a douche-bag extraordinaire. His obscenities in the WSJ always make me want to vomit. A neocon's wet dream come true. It's a testament to something that scum like him and his pals can be so wrong about so much and still be taken seriously.
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  2. Priss Factor [AKA "gggggggggg"] says:

    Beer Summit

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  3. Jefferson says:

    What I noticed from watching the ghetto protestors in Ferguson, Missouri is that a high percentage of them are obese.

    The poor in America sure are very well fed.

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    Again, Ferguson is a working-class suburb. Not poor.
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  4. anon says: • Disclaimer

    Obviously given this history, I reserve judgment for now, but the fact that he was a thug does not mean the cop, who was unaware of the fact that he was the robber, could shoot him in cold blood. Of course, it makes it likelier he was assaulting the cop and thus the shooting was justified. But that’s not necessarily what happened.

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    "Obviously given this history, I reserve judgment for now, but the fact that he was a thug does not mean the cop, who was unaware of the fact that he was the robber, could shoot him in cold blood. Of course, it makes it likelier he was assaulting the cop and thus the shooting was justified. But that’s not necessarily what happened."

    It unlikely we'll ever know for sure, but there is a reasonable basis for suspicion that the cop over-reacted when he shot that guy. But the fact the victim was a thuggish, habitual felon, ought to make this a minor local story (you know, kinda like if he'd gunned down a pecaeful White mother of eight), rather than a national brouhaha.
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  5. Jefferson says:

    “Obviously given this history, I reserve judgment for now, but the fact that he was a thug does not mean the cop, who was unaware of the fact that he was the robber, could shoot him in cold blood. Of course, it makes it likelier he was assaulting the cop and thus the shooting was justified. But that’s not necessarily what happened.”

    If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race.

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  6. Three here from the UK.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1378079.stm

    The white boyfriend of a (then) high profile black athlete claimed to have been attacked by the “White Aryan Nazi Organisation”, and two car insurance scammers who set themselves ablaze claimed white racists did it. The Oxfordshire case was all over BBC news and was discussed in Parliament, IIRC the House wished the victim well.

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  7. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    What about the Central Park jogger?

    That started out as 5 guys confessing to a brutal rape and assault, and is now “remembered” as the Scotsboro Boys Redux.

    NYC handing out tens of millions of dollars to the perps proves that they’re the victims, right?

    Not to mention Mumia…

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  8. Sikh youth attacked and hair cut off – headlines news in both UK and India

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-416646/Sikh-boys-hair-cut-vicious-racist-attack.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6207509.stm

    Asian community leader kidnapped at knifepoint by BNP – the BNP were doing well in the polls and IIRC an election was upcoming. Big media coverage again – of the initial claims.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1209374/Muslim-leader-kidnapped-knifepoint-ordered-stop-community-prayers-BNP-leaflet-campaign.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10295658

    He didn’t turn up for sentencing

    http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/8214902.LOUGHTON__Muslim_prayer_leader_sentenced_to_prison_for_telling__pack_of_lies_/

    “Prosecutor Matthew Gowan said, after earlier allegations made by Ramjanally of an arson attack at his home the council and police spent £1,300 installing extra security at his flat, including a fire door and video intercom system.

    After the guilty verdict was issued, Mr Gowan revealed Ramjanally is also on bail for three other offences.

    He is alleged to have stolen money from South Woodford Mosque, where he was a member, and is also facing an allegation of fraud in relation to the mosque.

    He is on bail for an allegation relating to benefits and was being investigated by the UK Borders Agency on suspicion he had greatly outstayed his leave in the country. ”

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  9. Jefferson says:

    “The lesson that has never been learned is that there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists, so of course various people concoct them and the press tends to fall for them.”

    Missouri is a politically red state and we all know how racist them red state Whites are. Blue state Whites are the little Satan, but red state Whites are the big Satan.

    Red state Whites are racists on steroids. Blue state Whites are racist lite.

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  10. anon says: • Disclaimer

    “If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race.”

    I’m not a libertarian and I’m not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But what you are arguing is disgusting.

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    "I’m not a libertarian and I’m not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But what you are arguing is disgusting."

    Be that as it may, it also happens to be true.
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  11. anon says: • Disclaimer

    “If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race.”

    I’m not a libertarian and I’m not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But if what you are saying is that you are okay with the situation if Dorian Johnson’s account of the events is true, that’s utterly disgusting, because that would be murder.

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    "But if what you are saying is that you are okay with the situation if Dorian Johnson’s account of the events is true, that’s utterly disgusting, because that would be murder."

    I think that after all these media events most of the posters here have a fairly cynical view of how likely her account is to be true.
    , @Art Deco
    Whatever did happen, Dorian Johnson's account is too putrid to be believed.
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  12. Jefferson says:

    “The white boyfriend of a (then) high profile black athlete claimed to have been attacked by the “White Aryan Nazi Organisation”, and two car insurance scammers who set themselves ablaze claimed white racists did it. The Oxfordshire case was all over BBC news and was discussed in Parliament, IIRC the House wished the victim well.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1378079.stm

    Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton have helped create a whole new generation of copycats when it comes to making up false hate crime stories that never happened.

    Talk about a domino effect.

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  13. S says:

    There was the UT Austin bleach hoax that was tried, not once, but twice! And failed both times to receive major national media attention. I think lack of any physical evidence was an issue in both cases.

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  14. Danindc says:

    I remember hearing that Duke lacrosse story and immediately thinking bullshit. Lax guys got all the girls. No chance they’re raping strippers. Also, she said she was raped orally. In the history of the world has any man ever raped a women orally? I just looked it up. No, it’s never happened.

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    In the history of the world has any man ever raped a women orally? I just looked it up. No, it’s never happened.
     
    You didn't look very hard:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom#Crime

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Massacre#Crime_spree
    , @RickyVaughn
    You don't think rapists don't sometimes force women (or men - prison rape) into oral sex?

    I'm anti-feminist but this is colassally dumb. Think before you post.
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  15. Sean says:

    Unarmed = didn’t win the stuggle for the gun.

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  16. “there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists”

    But there isn’t such a hunger in the average white person. Only white media people. Where does that come from ?

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    I dunno, I've noticed a sort of kneejerk reaction also among ordinary white people. They seem to need to believe they're better than those other whites who are bigots.
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  17. Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton have helped create a whole new generation of copycats when it comes to making up false hate crime stories that never happened.

    It’s amazing, isn’t it? Al Sharpton is one of the worst human beings in America, and yet for the 27 years since the Tawana Brawley hoax, during which he has incited anti-white violence on a number of occasions, he has been honored and rewarded. He goes to meetings at the White House, has a television program and is treated respectfully by interviewers.

    Why isn’t “Sharptonism” as powerful a pejorative as McCarthyism? Because the Powers that Be embrace Sharptonism.

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  18. The poor in America sure are very well fed.

    I leafed through a recent issue of National Geographic, the cover story of which was about the world’s food crisis, and how many Americans live with “food insecurity,” wondering where their next meal will come from. But then why are so many poor Americans obese? Ah, that too is explained by food insecurity and the fact that blacks are forced to eat at fast food restaurants, snack on Cheezits and drink soda pop because racism.

    It’s amazing how many magazines like Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Scientific American have gotten bored with their original purposes and decided that what they need to do is spew Cultural Marxism non-stop.

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    "The poor in America sure are very well fed."

    Nothing like a good cigar after a good meal.
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  19. Sunbeam says:
    @anon
    "If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race."

    I'm not a libertarian and I'm not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But if what you are saying is that you are okay with the situation if Dorian Johnson's account of the events is true, that's utterly disgusting, because that would be murder.

    “But if what you are saying is that you are okay with the situation if Dorian Johnson’s account of the events is true, that’s utterly disgusting, because that would be murder.”

    I think that after all these media events most of the posters here have a fairly cynical view of how likely her account is to be true.

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  20. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Priss Factor
    I hate this pompous fool.

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/08/15/ferguson-a-fire-alarm-in-the-night/

    No, q. “Pompous fool” would be Anthony Lewis or the anonymous gassers who compose New York Times editorials. Mead is anything but.

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    "No, q. “Pompous fool” would be Anthony Lewis or the anonymous gassers who compose New York Times editorials. Mead is anything but."

    Please.

    Notice how he pompously brings up history and Jim Crow and blah blah blah,
    Mead is also also the biggest whore to globalists on Russia and Israel.

    That said, he did raise interesting points about the blackening of suburbs. Section 8 impact?

    PS. Read the comments. (I can't comment there as I'm blocked there as at most sites.) Lot more straight sense in the comments than in Mead's pontification.
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  21. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Jefferson
    What I noticed from watching the ghetto protestors in Ferguson, Missouri is that a high percentage of them are obese.

    The poor in America sure are very well fed.

    Again, Ferguson is a working-class suburb. Not poor.

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    Not for much longer.

    This happens a lot. The majority-white private sector sees which way the wind is blowing and starts pulling up stakes. Their peers in the public sector stay on, just trying to eke out a few more years of seniority until they get to retire. So you end up with an older, white political structure with a younger, black body politic.

    Both racial groups have vastly differing viewpoints on appropriate public behavior, so misunderstandings and tragedies happen in the interim. In the next five or so years Ferguson will become super-majority black but everybody will still be howling about white racism.

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  22. Art Deco says: • Website
    @anon
    "If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race."

    I'm not a libertarian and I'm not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But if what you are saying is that you are okay with the situation if Dorian Johnson's account of the events is true, that's utterly disgusting, because that would be murder.

    Whatever did happen, Dorian Johnson’s account is too putrid to be believed.

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  23. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Cases that were hoaxes but didn’t make it to being fiascos due to having the preferred narrative prevail would include Hurricane Carter, Emmett Till and the Scottsboro Boys. In fact, just about every one of American race legends looks questionable when one sifts through all the available facts and reconstruct what actually happened.

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  24. advancedatheist [AKA "RedneckCryonicist"] says:

    I suspect poor blacks eat so much fast food for a nontrivial psychological reason. They lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences with cops, landlords, employers, debt collectors, social workers and so forth. But when they go into a fast food place with some money in their pockets, the clerks treat them deferentially and give them what they can order and pay for. That makes them feel valued and respected for few minutes of their lives.

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    Because I don't want to pay for WiFi, I spend a lot of time at McDonald's, and get to observe lots of blacks. Invariably, their approach at the counter goes, "yeah, lemme getta ...." in that barely enunciated grunt. Never a greeting, never a smile, never a please, never a thank you. Comparatively trivial, I know, but still emblematic of their Exemption. Arabs are following suit, though they're less often seen at fast food.
    , @E. Rekshun
    True, blacks "lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences." But that's not why they eat fast food. They eat fast food because they are to lazy to grocery shop and cook healthy food.
    , @Sunbeam
    I kind of wonder whether this is a egg and hen thing going here.

    A while back (ten years maybe?) I read a pretty well written article from one of the British papers covering a possible link between diet and criminality. At least the hooligan version of criminality.

    One of the "case studies" was a young Englishman (and yes he was white) who was constantly in trouble with the law. Rioting, fighting, soccer hooliganism, a lot of anti-social behavior.

    The kid started out his day with a cigarette. Had hot coffee with lots of cream and sugar. The rest of the day he consumed nothing but some kind of English version of the doughnut, and French Fries (chips? crisps? whatever they are called). Washed down with copious amounts of tea heavy on the sugar, and Guinness.

    And cigarettes, lot and lots of cigarettes.

    This wasn't a special day for him, it was what he lived on basically.

    The long and short was that he was involved with some kind of experiment with the food he was allowed to eat while incarcerated. Calmed right down if you believe the study.

    Anyway, I know it's all genes, from the beginning to the end. But what kind of behavior do you think a diet like that is likely to engender?

    I write this, because the people we are talking about eat a truly horrid diet. How much it would help, if at all, I do not know. But with all the other things we do maybe it would be a good experiment to try. And god knows we are doing all kinds of other expensive things.

    As to this British program, well the article sounded positive about it working. But I've never heard anything else about it.

    Lots of things like that in the world though. Overly optimistic reporter spinning it, program was found not to work, vested fast food interests quash it, or maybe it was so simple no one was interested.
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  25. Priss Factor [AKA "pulivistanos"] says:

    PC is a bullying of the truth

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  26. Priss Factor [AKA "ecran"] says:

    If blacks act bad and if you take notice of it, you are ‘racist’.

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  28. OsRazor says:
    @Priss Factor
    I hate this pompous fool.

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/08/15/ferguson-a-fire-alarm-in-the-night/

    I second your hatred of Walter Russell Mead–I mean, come on! The reverent always reference to his ridiculous middle name–how can you not want to slap him upside the head? He’s a douche-bag extraordinaire. His obscenities in the WSJ always make me want to vomit. A neocon’s wet dream come true. It’s a testament to something that scum like him and his pals can be so wrong about so much and still be taken seriously.

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  29. Eric says:

    What about the high school football team that had their season cancelled because of spray painted slurs? In Massachusetts ? Black player’s family painted their own house.

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  30. @Art Deco
    Again, Ferguson is a working-class suburb. Not poor.

    Not for much longer.

    This happens a lot. The majority-white private sector sees which way the wind is blowing and starts pulling up stakes. Their peers in the public sector stay on, just trying to eke out a few more years of seniority until they get to retire. So you end up with an older, white political structure with a younger, black body politic.

    Both racial groups have vastly differing viewpoints on appropriate public behavior, so misunderstandings and tragedies happen in the interim. In the next five or so years Ferguson will become super-majority black but everybody will still be howling about white racism.

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  31. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/woman-slammed-to-the-ground-injured-in-publix/vCnfx5/

    PC headline might be…

    ‘Racist white woman refuses to share her wealth with youths’.

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  32. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Harry Baldwin
    The poor in America sure are very well fed.

    I leafed through a recent issue of National Geographic, the cover story of which was about the world's food crisis, and how many Americans live with "food insecurity," wondering where their next meal will come from. But then why are so many poor Americans obese? Ah, that too is explained by food insecurity and the fact that blacks are forced to eat at fast food restaurants, snack on Cheezits and drink soda pop because racism.

    It's amazing how many magazines like Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Scientific American have gotten bored with their original purposes and decided that what they need to do is spew Cultural Marxism non-stop.

    “The poor in America sure are very well fed.”

    Nothing like a good cigar after a good meal.

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  33. Priss Factor [AKA "qqqqqqqq"] says:
    @Art Deco
    No, q. "Pompous fool" would be Anthony Lewis or the anonymous gassers who compose New York Times editorials. Mead is anything but.

    “No, q. “Pompous fool” would be Anthony Lewis or the anonymous gassers who compose New York Times editorials. Mead is anything but.”

    Please.

    Notice how he pompously brings up history and Jim Crow and blah blah blah,
    Mead is also also the biggest whore to globalists on Russia and Israel.

    That said, he did raise interesting points about the blackening of suburbs. Section 8 impact?

    PS. Read the comments. (I can’t comment there as I’m blocked there as at most sites.) Lot more straight sense in the comments than in Mead’s pontification.

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  34. Marty [AKA "wick"] says:
    @advancedatheist
    I suspect poor blacks eat so much fast food for a nontrivial psychological reason. They lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences with cops, landlords, employers, debt collectors, social workers and so forth. But when they go into a fast food place with some money in their pockets, the clerks treat them deferentially and give them what they can order and pay for. That makes them feel valued and respected for few minutes of their lives.

    Because I don’t want to pay for WiFi, I spend a lot of time at McDonald’s, and get to observe lots of blacks. Invariably, their approach at the counter goes, “yeah, lemme getta ….” in that barely enunciated grunt. Never a greeting, never a smile, never a please, never a thank you. Comparatively trivial, I know, but still emblematic of their Exemption. Arabs are following suit, though they’re less often seen at fast food.

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  35. PatrickH says:

    Donald Sterling/V Stiviano/M Johnson.

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  36. @anon
    Obviously given this history, I reserve judgment for now, but the fact that he was a thug does not mean the cop, who was unaware of the fact that he was the robber, could shoot him in cold blood. Of course, it makes it likelier he was assaulting the cop and thus the shooting was justified. But that's not necessarily what happened.

    “Obviously given this history, I reserve judgment for now, but the fact that he was a thug does not mean the cop, who was unaware of the fact that he was the robber, could shoot him in cold blood. Of course, it makes it likelier he was assaulting the cop and thus the shooting was justified. But that’s not necessarily what happened.”

    It unlikely we’ll ever know for sure, but there is a reasonable basis for suspicion that the cop over-reacted when he shot that guy. But the fact the victim was a thuggish, habitual felon, ought to make this a minor local story (you know, kinda like if he’d gunned down a pecaeful White mother of eight), rather than a national brouhaha.

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  37. anon says: • Disclaimer

    @artdeco and @sunbeam:

    I am also skeptical of Dorian Johnson’s account. But if it were to be true (and we’ll likely never know), there would be no way to justify what happened.

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  38. Hepp says:

    A lot of this is the increase in “diversity” in newsrooms and journalism. Watch MSNBC or CNN, and you see countless black anchors who obviously have an ax to grind with this stuff. Some whites are just as enthusiastic, but those who are not will just go along with it to survive. There have been a lot of blacks anchors and pundits on CNN talking about what they tell their black sons about how they might get gunned down by cops at any moment.

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  39. @anon
    "If you have a problem with America being a police state, than blame it on the fact that America has over 43 million Blacks.

    You can not have a Libertarian paradise in a nation of 43 million Blacks and growing because there are way too many bad violent apples in the Black race."

    I'm not a libertarian and I'm not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But what you are arguing is disgusting.

    “I’m not a libertarian and I’m not naive about the kind of tactics needed to deal with what you speak of. But what you are arguing is disgusting.”

    Be that as it may, it also happens to be true.

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  40. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Steve, the point is that these incidents are built up by the media because they *want* them to be true even if they are not true. It’s all about wish fulfillment a wish so dearly held and hoped for that it seizes upon the flimsiest of excuses in order to validate itself. No different from ufo enthusiasts or kids waiting for santa claus really. Only in this case professional cooties and career enhancement are boosted by playing up to the narrative.

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  41. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    And don’t forget the mysterious epidemic of southern black church burnings of 20 years ago. A big hoo ha of a story that apparently vanished as quickly as it emerged – in other words either blacks were proved as the arsonists or there was no statistically significant pattern

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    anon, what it shows you is that Michael Brown was a downright horrible man with a very bad character. Of course that doesn’t mean he ‘deserved’ his fate, but it just you the type of person he was.Put it this way anon he could kill you as soon as look at you if you were his mark.

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  43. @advancedatheist
    I suspect poor blacks eat so much fast food for a nontrivial psychological reason. They lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences with cops, landlords, employers, debt collectors, social workers and so forth. But when they go into a fast food place with some money in their pockets, the clerks treat them deferentially and give them what they can order and pay for. That makes them feel valued and respected for few minutes of their lives.

    True, blacks “lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences.” But that’s not why they eat fast food. They eat fast food because they are to lazy to grocery shop and cook healthy food.

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    True, blacks “lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences.” But that’s not why they eat fast food. They eat fast food because they are to lazy to grocery shop and cook healthy food.

    Fast food isn't the problem. The problem is too much food. $200 a month of food stamps per person buys a lot of chicken leg quarters, pork chops, chuck steak and so on.
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  44. Sunbeam says:
    @advancedatheist
    I suspect poor blacks eat so much fast food for a nontrivial psychological reason. They lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences with cops, landlords, employers, debt collectors, social workers and so forth. But when they go into a fast food place with some money in their pockets, the clerks treat them deferentially and give them what they can order and pay for. That makes them feel valued and respected for few minutes of their lives.

    I kind of wonder whether this is a egg and hen thing going here.

    A while back (ten years maybe?) I read a pretty well written article from one of the British papers covering a possible link between diet and criminality. At least the hooligan version of criminality.

    One of the “case studies” was a young Englishman (and yes he was white) who was constantly in trouble with the law. Rioting, fighting, soccer hooliganism, a lot of anti-social behavior.

    The kid started out his day with a cigarette. Had hot coffee with lots of cream and sugar. The rest of the day he consumed nothing but some kind of English version of the doughnut, and French Fries (chips? crisps? whatever they are called). Washed down with copious amounts of tea heavy on the sugar, and Guinness.

    And cigarettes, lot and lots of cigarettes.

    This wasn’t a special day for him, it was what he lived on basically.

    The long and short was that he was involved with some kind of experiment with the food he was allowed to eat while incarcerated. Calmed right down if you believe the study.

    Anyway, I know it’s all genes, from the beginning to the end. But what kind of behavior do you think a diet like that is likely to engender?

    I write this, because the people we are talking about eat a truly horrid diet. How much it would help, if at all, I do not know. But with all the other things we do maybe it would be a good experiment to try. And god knows we are doing all kinds of other expensive things.

    As to this British program, well the article sounded positive about it working. But I’ve never heard anything else about it.

    Lots of things like that in the world though. Overly optimistic reporter spinning it, program was found not to work, vested fast food interests quash it, or maybe it was so simple no one was interested.

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  45. Yeah, they keep “falling for it” – ’cause they are just so stoopid those MSM reporters.

    Sure.

    I’d suggest they aren’t stupid, and they don’t “fall for it” but keep reporting these fakes for quite non-stupid reasons.

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  46. Beach says:

    It’s true that poverty contributes to obesity in the American poor, because, unlike the third world impoverished, Americans have easy access to cheap, filling, starchy, boxed food (macaroni/cheese, etc.) In most of America, eating poorly isn’t mitigated by walking everywhere, the way that Europeans do, and most of the third world does. To that, add the propensity of Black Americans for fried food. It doesn’t take too many years of fried chicken, mashed potato and butter laden collard green dinners to start packing on the pounds. Collard greens are actually nutrient rich, but like everything else of that ilk, are much better for you fresh in a salad than boiled out of all their vitamin content.

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  47. Are you a middle-aged, employed and married with a children Caucasian ?

    Next time you decide to let your tween unattended in a car for a 15 minutes – because the little brat insists on a shrimp scampi rigatoni for dinner but doesn’t feel walking 50 yards to the grocery store in your perfectly vanilla neighborhood – and consequentially you end handcuffed & booked for being the worst parent eveeeer, your only chance to clean up your reputation will be if defense called Mr. Cohen to take the stand as your character witness.

    I’m sure that this St. Louis Post-Dispatch and currently with the Ferguson Rioters embedded photojournalist would be more than glad to use all of his human and a professional integrity to educate judge about how protesters come in all sizes, and if it is acceptable to defend a mental judgment of an ethnic minority parent/guardian/sibling/neighbor willing to drag a guesstimated 6 year old to play intifada after hours, (Hey,TGIF – it ain’t school tomorrow!) than Shopping While Abandoning of III Degree deviancy of white clueless dodos should be graciously ignored as well.

    They won’t be around in fifty years from now anyway.

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  48. Jefferson says:

    “Again, Ferguson is a working-class suburb. Not poor”

    So there is not a high poverty rate among Ferguson’s Black residents ? Than why are there so many Black thugs in Ferguson ? After all liberals say ALL Black crime is poverty driven.

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  49. Jefferson says:

    “It’s true that poverty contributes to obesity in the American poor, because, unlike the third world impoverished, Americans have easy access to cheap, filling, starchy, boxed food (macaroni/cheese, etc.) In most of America, eating poorly isn’t mitigated by walking everywhere, the way that Europeans do, and most of the third world does. To that, add the propensity of Black Americans for fried food. It doesn’t take too many years of fried chicken, mashed potato and butter laden collard green dinners to start packing on the pounds. Collard greens are actually nutrient rich, but like everything else of that ilk, are much better for you fresh in a salad than boiled out of all their vitamin content.”

    You see more Black faces in McDonalds commercials than you do White faces. I would not be surprised if they do that because per capita more Blacks than Whites eat at McDonalds, which would contribute to the higher obesity rate among Blacks.

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    Don’t forget about me!

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  51. Jefferson says:

    Even though is Black on White homicide is the most common type of interracial murder in The United States, it has been 20 years since the last time this type of homicide has gotten any decent amount of coverage by the liberal media. I am talking about when OJ Simpson did a 187 on Nicole Brown.

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  52. carol says:
    @Anonymous Nephew
    "there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists"

    But there isn't such a hunger in the average white person. Only white media people. Where does that come from ?

    I dunno, I’ve noticed a sort of kneejerk reaction also among ordinary white people. They seem to need to believe they’re better than those other whites who are bigots.

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    I should qualify that this observation comes from the Great White North, whose residents don't really have to deal with any of this in everyday life.
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    @carol
    I dunno, I've noticed a sort of kneejerk reaction also among ordinary white people. They seem to need to believe they're better than those other whites who are bigots.

    I should qualify that this observation comes from the Great White North, whose residents don’t really have to deal with any of this in everyday life.

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  54. Eric says:

    There was recently the pair (that I know) of racist and anti-gay customers leaving mean messages instead of a tip that resulted in thousands of dollars raised for the hoaxers.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/30/racist-red-lobster-receipt-may-be-hoax-analysts-say/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/new-jersey-waitress-let-go-anti-gay_n_4412028.html

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  55. Jefferson says:

    “I should qualify that this observation comes from the Great White North, whose residents don’t really have to deal with any of this in everyday life.”

    Am I correct to assume Canada does not have any cities that are 67 percent Black like Ferguson, Missouri ?

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  56. FWIW says:

    I like fast food. I like McDonald frys. They are a highly engineered food. I also like the McDouble. And only a buck each on the value menu. Add a coke for a shot of sugar and caffeine. Fast — a couple of minutes. Is this a great country or what? Of course, I would prefer to dine at a SWPL locavore bistro. But fast food didn’t become popular because people didn’t like it.

    And fried chicken and anything slathered in butter — mmm. Red meat? Hell yes.

    Yes, it will make you fat and kill you. A compelling reason to avoid it, but short term? WTF.

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  57. Jefferson says:

    “There was recently the pair (that I know) of racist and anti-gay customers leaving mean messages instead of a tip that resulted in thousands of dollars raised for the hoaxers.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/30/racist-red-lobster-receipt-may-be-hoax-analysts-say/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/new-jersey-waitress-let-go-anti-gay_n_4412028.html”

    The U.S has become a country of race hustlers and gay hustlers. All of these vibrant demographic groups are looking for a big payday by claiming false racial/homophobic discrimination.

    They want to win the gay or ghetto lottery.

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    The U.S has become a country of race hustlers and gay hustlers.

    Because of a collection of grifters which might just make it into the double digits? What about the other 143 million working Americans?
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  58. “Am I correct to assume Canada does not have any cities that are 67 percent Black like Ferguson, Missouri ?”

    Malcolm Gladwell is the blackest dude to come out of Canada.

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  59. “The lesson that has never been learned is that there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists, so of course various people, mostly stupid, concoct them and the press tends to fall for them.”

    Perhaps Steve should email his fellow Unz acquaintance Paul Craig Roberts this particular statement and the dangers of being fooled and hoodwinked regarding the Great White Defendant. His latest article tends to blame the largely white police departments in Ferguson and in other cities in the US at large over exactly this very thing.

    Seems as is PKR is falling for the Narrative hard, hook, line, and sinker.

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    Perhaps Steve should email his fellow Unz acquaintance Paul Craig Roberts this particular statement and the dangers of being fooled and hoodwinked regarding the Great White Defendant. His latest article tends to blame the largely white police departments in Ferguson and in other cities in the US at large over exactly this very thing.

    Roberts has also in recent years promoted 9/11 twoofer rubbish. He shot his bolt years ago.
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  60. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    "The lesson that has never been learned is that there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists, so of course various people, mostly stupid, concoct them and the press tends to fall for them."

    Perhaps Steve should email his fellow Unz acquaintance Paul Craig Roberts this particular statement and the dangers of being fooled and hoodwinked regarding the Great White Defendant. His latest article tends to blame the largely white police departments in Ferguson and in other cities in the US at large over exactly this very thing.

    Seems as is PKR is falling for the Narrative hard, hook, line, and sinker.

    Perhaps Steve should email his fellow Unz acquaintance Paul Craig Roberts this particular statement and the dangers of being fooled and hoodwinked regarding the Great White Defendant. His latest article tends to blame the largely white police departments in Ferguson and in other cities in the US at large over exactly this very thing.

    Roberts has also in recent years promoted 9/11 twoofer rubbish. He shot his bolt years ago.

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  61. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Jefferson
    "There was recently the pair (that I know) of racist and anti-gay customers leaving mean messages instead of a tip that resulted in thousands of dollars raised for the hoaxers.
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/30/racist-red-lobster-receipt-may-be-hoax-analysts-say/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/new-jersey-waitress-let-go-anti-gay_n_4412028.html"

    The U.S has become a country of race hustlers and gay hustlers. All of these vibrant demographic groups are looking for a big payday by claiming false racial/homophobic discrimination.

    They want to win the gay or ghetto lottery.

    The U.S has become a country of race hustlers and gay hustlers.

    Because of a collection of grifters which might just make it into the double digits? What about the other 143 million working Americans?

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  62. Art Deco says: • Website
    @Jefferson
    "Again, Ferguson is a working-class suburb. Not poor"

    So there is not a high poverty rate among Ferguson's Black residents ? Than why are there so many Black thugs in Ferguson ? After all liberals say ALL Black crime is poverty driven.

    Any town has its troublesome people. It’s a question of proportions.

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    But if it were to be true (and we’ll likely never know),

    Actually, we have a passable idea now, if we’re not wilfully gulled. As for information probative enough to be useful in court, I’ll wager it’ll emerge.

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  64. The lesson that has never been learned is that there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists, so of course various people, mostly stupid, concoct them and the press tends to fall for them.

    As I recall from my econ classes, when demand outstrips supply, marginal producers enter the market.

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  65. Jefferson says:

    “Any town has its troublesome people. It’s a question of proportions.”

    It’s safe to say Ferguson, Missouri has a higher proportion of troublesome people than say Fargo, North Dakota for example.

    If a civilian gets shot by the police in Fargo, I doubt you would see mass looting because it is 90 percent Non Hispanic White.

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  66. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    For the list of ginned-up racial incidents:
    Does anyone remember the horrible racist taunt “Shut up, you water buffalo!”?

    http://www.phillymag.com/articles/penns-water-buffalo-incident-20-years/

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  67. @Danindc
    I remember hearing that Duke lacrosse story and immediately thinking bullshit. Lax guys got all the girls. No chance they're raping strippers. Also, she said she was raped orally. In the history of the world has any man ever raped a women orally? I just looked it up. No, it's never happened.

    In the history of the world has any man ever raped a women orally? I just looked it up. No, it’s never happened.

    You didn’t look very hard:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom#Crime

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Massacre#Crime_spree

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  68. Danindc says:

    ““there’s a huge hunger for tales of Evil White Racists”

    But there isn’t such a hunger in the average white person. Only white media people. Where does that come from ?”

    Damn that’s a good question. I know the answer….

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  69. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    The Cal Senator or Congressman who was suspected of having killed his mistress.

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  70. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @E. Rekshun
    True, blacks "lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences." But that's not why they eat fast food. They eat fast food because they are to lazy to grocery shop and cook healthy food.

    True, blacks “lack control over much of their lives, largely the result of making so many stupid choices; so they tend to have adversarial experiences.” But that’s not why they eat fast food. They eat fast food because they are to lazy to grocery shop and cook healthy food.

    Fast food isn’t the problem. The problem is too much food. $200 a month of food stamps per person buys a lot of chicken leg quarters, pork chops, chuck steak and so on.

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  71. […] on the facts and coverage of the Ferguson incident, so please donate to him.  (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and pay special attention to his list of media narrative fiascos for new episode screenplays for […]

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  72. @Danindc
    I remember hearing that Duke lacrosse story and immediately thinking bullshit. Lax guys got all the girls. No chance they're raping strippers. Also, she said she was raped orally. In the history of the world has any man ever raped a women orally? I just looked it up. No, it's never happened.

    You don’t think rapists don’t sometimes force women (or men – prison rape) into oral sex?

    I’m anti-feminist but this is colassally dumb. Think before you post.

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  73. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with basil"] says:

    Omar Thorton. Did them whiteys deserve to die? Wait and see. Everyone remain calm while MSM looks to clues that show they deserve to die.

    Jared Loughner! Tea Party lunatic! Palin told him to do it.

    Elliot Rodgers the ‘white male’ psycho.

    and

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/05/nyc-robbers-hollywood-style-masks.php

    But our foreign policy hypes are no less crazy.

    WE MUST GET RID OF HUSSEIN THE NEW HITLER

    WE MUST GET RID OF ADMANIDIJAD(SIC) THE NEW HITLER

    WE MUST GET RID OF GADFLY THE NEW HITLER

    WE MUST GET RID OF PUTIN THE NEW HITLER

    WE MUST GET RID OF ASSAD THE NEW HITLER

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  74. Criterion says:

    The Alfred Wright case in Jasper is one you missed. It fits perfectly into this category. Check out CNN’s unethical and slanted reporting about the Sheriff and inferences about his daughter. A mysterious “dime” found near the body, perhaps a message about “dropping a dime”. The Sheriff’s ex girlfriend remembers finding a dime on the front seat of her car, etc.

    The insects feeding on his soft tissue, his tongue, eyes, ears–a common thing among corpses outdoors. Carrion eating birds numerous in area. How his wife said he was using bath salts for “energy”, then said there was no way he would use drugs. The report connecting the sheriff to James Byrd and racial animus of the area.

    Sheila Jackson Lee (D) Texas, writing a letter to Justice Dept.

    https://www.google.com/url?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW85uFu872s

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/01/new_investigation_launched_in_mysterious_death_of_alfred_wright.html

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/allegations-texas-mans-mysterious-death-22694954

    http://www.ibtimes.com/alfred-wright-murder-case-10-important-updates-texas-mans-mysterious-death-1557282

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-east-texas-mans-murky-death-tied-to-drugs/

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