Sound off for Aug. 17, 2014
On Friday, Bud Stevenson wrote a column with the headline “Bias shows in Ferguson, Silicon Valley reporting.”
Here are some comments on the column from our website:
- As we know from experience here in the Bay Area, looting arising out of protests has to do with thieves gravitating to a place where police are likely to be preoccupied with civil disobedience. It’s purely opportunistic criminal activity having nothing to do with the protest otherwise. . . . I’m going to wager that the police officer in Ferguson committed a crime, but I’m willing to let the investigations play out without protesting. I’d probably feel differently if I was a black person living in Ferguson.
- If a white male was shot by a black officer would there be so much media attention? Would President Obama get on TV to get a photo op on the situation? Asian males and females are highly educated. Their two parents set high standards while they are growing up. The media loves to exploit race as an excuse every time.
- When a primarily black suburb’s protests against the lame response to a tragedy are met with a lily-white police force equipped like a mechanized infantry company, it is not “media exploitation,” it is the truth about racism in this faltering republic.
- Bias in the column. I think it’s called playing the race denial card.