(DailyVantage.com) – In the wake of the horrific incident involving the death of 28-year old Tyre Nichols in Memphis, some in the media are determined to blame it on racism.
Nichols, an African American Fed-ex worker, was shown being violently beaten by five police officers, who were also black, on January 7th. The disturbing footage has taken the world by storm, eliciting a slew of calls to punish the law enforcement officers involved.
On Friday January 27th, CNN’s Van Jones penned an op-ed titled “The police who killed Tyre Nichols were black. But they might still have been driven by racism.” In the article, Jones states that “society’s message that black people are inferior, unworthy and dangerous is pervasive.” He goes on to say that black people too can hold anti-black prejudices.
National Review’s editor in chief, Rich Lowry, in an op-ed published on Tuesday, hit back at Jones’s and the media’s attempt to link the tragic death of Tyre Nichols with racism: “The obsession with white supremacy is perverse and insulting on several levels.”
Lowry argues that the Left “elevates race above all other factors” when it comes to exchanges between black civilians and law enforcement officers.
Jones’s piece, however, was by no means the only time a media figure blamed racism as the main culprit for Nichol’s death. Even though all of the officers involved in the incident were black, a series of media outlets were quick to point to institutionalized racism and systemic prejudice as the only viable explanations.
Erin Aubry Kaplan, in this opinion piece for the left-wing Los Angeles Times refers to the violent encounter as “racism on steroids”.
So far, seven officers from the Memphis Police Department (MPD) have been suspended following the incident.
With the story still unfolding and more details to come, it appears that the mainstream media will continue to perpetuate their left-wing racism angle.
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