Republicans acting like racists again. Episode #589 of 2014.
Representative Peter King (R-NY) told Fox Business on Tuesday that the way to fix this Ferguson deal is for President Obama to invite Darren Wilson over to sort of make up for months of “smear and slander”.
President Obama is obviously waiting for a genius like King to instruct him on what to do next, so King tells Fox and its audience of KKK adjacents just what the first black President should do in order to make up for the fact that the white police officer was questioned in the media, “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job.'”
So killing unarmed black teenagers is Wilson’s job? According to Fox and the GOP, it seems so.
It’s rather bizarre that Republicans see all issues relating to black people as being the President’s purview. Did we hold every white president accountable for every thing white people did? Um, no. That would have been absurd because being white is not a relationship. But for Republicans, everyone who is black is in some club and the President is the defacto leader of said club.
Not being indicted doesn’t mean Wilson is “innocent”. It doesn’t mean he “did his job”. It doesn’t mean that there was no prejudice involved in Wilson’s choice to shoot the unarmed teenager. It means this grand jury did not indict.
TPM pointed out how rare it is for officers to be convicted:
Hard numbers are hard to come by, but Levenson and others agreed that it is exceedingly rare for a police officer to be indicted for a homicide committed in the line of duty. Convictions are even rarer. The FBI reported 410 justifiable homicides by law enforcement in 2012. The number of indictments appear to be minimal after a TPM review of available press reports. A 1979 study found three convictions out of the 1,500 police killings it studied over a five-year period.
As Ezra Klein details, Officer Wilson’s account is hard to believe, “It reads less like something a human would do and more like a moment meant to connect Brown to the robbery.”
I agree. It reads a lot like a story made up to fill in gaps, but one that depends on a person who just robbed a store getting in an officer’s face, slamming his door shut and leaning in through a window to punch said officer (all before officer has even suggested he wants to discuss a store theft, so a robber just throws himself into an officer’s car?) just because the officer asked him to use the sidewalk.
Part of Wilson’s story from Vox:
I was doing the, just scrambling, trying to get his arms out of my face and him from grabbing me and everything else. He turned to his…if he’s at my vehicle, he turned to his left and handed the first subject. He said, “here, take these.” He was holding a pack of — several packs of cigarillos which was just, what was stolen from the Market Store was several packs of cigarillos. He said, “here, hold these” and when he did that I grabbed his right arm trying just to control something at that point. Um, as I was holding it, and he came around, he came around with his arm extended, fist made, and went like that straight at my face with his…a full swing from his left hand.
So Brown is punching inside the car. Wilson is scrambling to deflect the blows, to protect his face, to regain control of the situation. And then Brown stops, turns to his left, says to his friend, “Here, hold these,” and hands him the cigarillos stolen from Ferguson Market. Then he turns back to Wilson and, with his left hand now freed from holding the contraband goods, throws a haymaker at Wilson.
A story this shady, a dead teenager who was shot and killed even though he was unarmed, a prosecutor with an agenda, and a criminal justice system that factually as a course of business robs people of color of justice, and Peter King thinks President Obama should invite this officer to the White House for an apology tour of sorts. So the black President needs to make it up to the white police officer.
This is why people say Republicans are racists.
Oh, and this with its thousands of retweets:
Keep it up, Republicans. Let the whole world know just how you divide people by color.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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