Time’s article on Ferguson is HORRIBLE.Here’s a quote from the first line of the first paragraph:
"…Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, died in a storm of bullets from the sidearm of officer Darren Wilson…"
Notice how passive this fucking statement is. He wasn’t killed, or murdered. He just died - as if the bullets jumped out of the sidearm. The officer didn’t shoot anyone. Did you notice that? He didn’t do anything. He just owned the sidearm that released the bullets. It’s subtle, but that is exactly what makes it so bad. Here’s one from the second paragraph:
"The dead youth. The ruined cop."
Notice how he wasn’t murdered. He’s just dead. The cop was ruined. He wasn’t even disgraced, he was ruined. Oh- and did I mention that the case “…grew murkier by the hour.”? Here’s another gem:
"The police and National Guard summoned to pacify the streets were helpless to find a balance between standing tough and standing down."
See? They were summoned to pacify - to make things less violent. The poor guys were helpless - they didn’t have a choice. Really? There’s no middle ground between standing down and aiming automatic weapons at toddlers? Last time I checked, ‘standing tough’ did not involve ADVANCING ON CIVILIANS WITH TANKS.
"…while militants fired guns and police, in response, filled the night with tear gas."
Notice the police only responded. And when they did, it was only tear gas. No mention of rubber bullets. It does mention a dad asking “Does my 3-year old son need to get gassed?” But that statement wasn’t directed at the police- it was blaming the ‘rioters’.
The article goes on to talk about the “Other witnesses sympathetic to Brown…” Why phrase it like that? It seems like Time attempting to be non-biased. But they don’t mention that the police were sympathetic to Wilson.The article then branches off into the fact that people don’t trust the police, and how this problem might be resolved. Not that the police are suspicious- just that people don’t trust them. “In Ferguson we have seen where that leads.” That’s the last line of the article. Apparently, the ‘tragedy of Ferguson’ isn’t that Michael Brown was murdered. He isn’t even mentioned in the last section. The problem is not that the officer shot him- but the fact that the police aren’t trusted.
This is not okay. And maybe all these things seem subtle- but it’s the insidious, seemingly reasonable and balanced things that are the most dangerous. Shame on you Time.
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