So, via Facebook, Bcbgrl sent me a link to the Grio's post on a 4-year-old child who was interviewed at a crime scene and then predictably edited later.
Chicago news station WBBM-TV has come under fire for misconstruing the words of an African-American child in an interview at a crime scene. Last month, the news station aired a piece about a drive by shooting in which two teenagers were injured. At the scene of the crime, a freelance photographer asked a 4-year-old boy who had reportedly seen the shooting if what had happened made him scared. According to the Maynard Institute, the transcript of the edited piece that aired last month reads as follows:
Boy: "I'm not scared of nothing."
Reporter: "When you get older are you going to stay away from all these guns?"
Reporter: "No? What are you going to do when you get older?"
Boy: "I'm going to have me a gun!"
Bartelstein ended the story saying, "that was scary indeed."
Co-anchor Susan Carlson exclaimed, "hearing that little boy there, wow!""
What the aired piece failed to include was the rest of the little boy's interview -- in which he clarifies that he will have a gun because be wants to be a police officer. Maynard Institute reports that Shawnelle Richie, the director of communications for CBS 2, freely admitted that the piece should not have been aired, saying, "We acknowledge that a mistake was made, both in the reporting and editing of the story." She did not however clarify or mention that the boy's comments were misconstrued.
And cue the usual bullshit apology:
"We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made."
Of course, the draptos came out on the Grio, and I'll admit...I take great pleasure in watching draptos get owned by fellow white folks because they never seem to see it coming. This dude, for example, came out swinging:
But then...inevitably, this happened:Seriously, John, I am trying to weigh which is worse, black kids turning into gangsters or thugs or white kids turning into serial killers, wife killers, child molesters and rapists or killers of their own schoolmates. How many incidents of mass school shootings have involved black kids? Not a damn one!!. That should worry our white community and we should then worry about stopping that....not acting as though we are some kind of expert on black families and their children...sorta like you are doing. You stick to telling the Knights of Columbus and other such organizations to quit running around worrying about moving catholic priests from town to town so they don't get arrested for being pedophiles or how about we start trying to tell white parents not to load up their kids' bedrooms with automatic weapons and other guns that they then use to kill their classmates. Even better, maybe we can prevent white parents from raising kids like Timothy McVey and Terry Nichols, who went on to kill 168 people in Oklahoma. Black people are starting to look a little bit more civilized than we are with just those few incidents, dontcha think? You get my drift?
I don't think that the intent was racist. I don't think that people were looking for ways to make a little black boy look bad. The problem is that there are stereotypes that are perpetuated about black men, and have been for centuries. People should be aware of this kind of thing, and while this was most likely not intentional, it certainly was ignorant. This little boy made a statement about wanting to be a police officer, and he was made to look like an aspiring thug. Even the newscasters interpreted it that way. Ignorance is not the same as innocence, and in this case I believe the end result of the mistake overwhelms the intentions.
When I was sixteen, my grandfather sat me down and told me that if I ever dated a black man it would break his heart, because it would make me dark meat and no good white guy would want me. He didn't think he was being racist either. He thought he was imparting an important bit of wisdom, when really he was being completely ignorant. (He didn't live long enough to see me date and marry a black man 6 years later.) The point is, sometimes it is possible to be a racist without meaning to. Vilifying a four-year-old boy on television through creative editing is a good example of that, no matter what their agenda was.
Folks, I'm not going to do a line by line count of the fail in that comment. You already know how to do that for yourselves. All I'm going to say is this: black men, marry all the white women you want. For real. Marry them all you want - but for the sake of your kids, who will be black, marry a better quality of white woman than this.
Marry this kind of woman and your kids will have "issues."
And as for the "news" station who got us into this mess to begin with...fire that shithead journalist. Fire him now, or just burn to the ground. Either one is fine with me.
Oh, and black parents? Keep your kids away from the media. Tell 'em to treat them the way they would cops; teach them to immediately flee at the sight of reporters. 'Cause this bullshit right here? Not even close to being over.