The truth is my ally and strong ally it is.Other people jumped to Jussie's "defense" because of course there are roving gangs of white men in red MAGA hats looking to noose up, bleach up and beat up black men in the middle of the night. Of COURSE there are. Except that there aren't. Even people who are running for the highest office of the land. The office in which we uphold the constitution where supposedly people are innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. People running for that office, quickly jumped to conclusions, offered up new "legislation" and quickly did the Orange Man Bad routine. These people showed all that they are unfit for office. If a person in government cannot zip their mouths and let the professionals do their jobs and withhold blanket condemnations of supposed citizens until the facts are all in, then they shouldn't be president. But this isn't about candidates for office. The story as told was preposterous on it's face. It was the beginning of the polar vortex that had Chicago at -9 degrees F. Supposedly a wind chill of -18. Allegedly two white men lay in wait for Jussie at 2AM in this kind of weather. These men were soooooooooo motivated by a hate of black people that they sat in a park at 2AM in -18F temps with bleach and rope to target one black guy and not take shit from him. Look, there weren't even any shootings in Chicago that night. Real crooks were looking for somewhere warm (and possibly wet) that night. Even more preposterous is that these "white men" yelled "This is MAGA country"....in Chicago. Really. In. Chicago. Anyone with an once of sense should have been skeptical. It is fitting to me that the great unraveling happened after Disney gave Jussie a platform with Robbin Roberts. Disney is best known for it's fiction. Quite fitting. Robin Roberts lost my respect when she went after Chris Brown during an interview that was supposed to be about his album release. And while I think he should have handled it better (Rihanna was subject to a similar ambush and handled it much better) Roberts was out of order. Hence I was glad that the day she gave him national air time to tell his lie, it was dealt a devastating blow by Chitown PD. One of the great laughs I got out of this was how various news agencies declined to identify the race of the Nigerians. I mean seriously. We all know where Nigeria is located on the map. Hell, you don't even have to know where Nigeria is *in* Africa to know it is *IN* Africa and that since 99% of the population *IN* Africa are black, you can say so. Why should they have said so? Because they were quick to assume white people were responsible. One news outlet even said that the Nigerian nationals were African-American. This is a mistake I've witnessed Black Americans make. As of this writing the claim by CPD is that Jussie paid the men $3500. That won't even pay the lawyers. But lets get serious here. How NOT oppressed are people when they have to make up "hate crimes" against themselves. Feminists do it. Muslims do it. Blacks do it. I'll remind the reader that in NYC alone:
During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group, Mark Molinari, commanding officer of the police department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, told me.Also when it comes to attacks on black people:
In 2016, 52% of anti-black crimes were committed by Latino/as (compared to 59% the previous year). Latino/a on black crimes plunged from 64 to 38, a 41% drop.Please note that many "latinos" are actually identified as white in crime statistics because many latinos identify and are in fact white. (something I did not know before) which inflates white crime rates in which "white" is assumed "non-hispanic white". This may change in the future as the benefits, both socially and economically, of being not-white increase. Yes, you read right, "benefits". So what should be learned from this fiasco? 1)NEVER believe "The Victim" unless you actually witnessed the event in question. If you weren't there you have no reason to believe anyone. You respect the alleged victim by supporting them and encouraging them to report the alleged offense. Anyone unwilling to report *should not be trusted*. 2) Believe the evidence. Properly obtained and handled evidence is how things are to be judged. None of this "my truth" shit. "My truth" is another term of "anecdotal evidence" which is not useful. 3) Stop trusting media entities. This particularly applies to major media outlets both left and right. Consider any and all of them to be agents of propaganda for their particular narratives and interests. They will promote whatever fits with what they want you to think and omit (even by going back and editing their websites) whatever does not. In academia (outside of grievance studies) no one takes media references as "proof" or evidence. They are not considered primary sources. If a article quotes a paper or a person, you follow that link or search for that publication and read it yourself. Many times the news article has completely misrepresented what is said in the paper. Treat news reports like you treat snow forecasts: Wrong enough times to be skeptical. 4) Stop believing every black person who says they were profiled or otherwise done wrong. Not that these things don't happen, but OFTEN the stories are extreme exaggerations of actual events AND the person usually behaved in a way that escalated the incident. Black people are not angels...or devils. Black people are humans with all the flaws that come with that. 5) The police can get your phone records without your permission. Giving them an edited version of them looks bad.