(PJ Media) The horrific beating of 29-year-old Memphis resident Tyre Nichols at the hands of police on Jan. 7 was very hard to watch. The five officers involved — all black — gave contradictory orders to Nichols during a traffic stop, leading to a confused and chaotic situation when it didn’t need to be.
Nichols died three days after the incident. But while many cities prepared for the worst in the lead-up to the release of the bodycam footage, there were only scattered protests around the country. Memphis appeared to get the worst of it, and there were only small protests in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Boston.
Many people were expecting violent protests similar to the riots that occurred after George Floyd’s death. But Mr. Nichols wasn’t killed by white cops. Nichols died at the hands of black cops, and therein lies a tale about narratives and how the left uses them interchangeably to achieve whatever political ends are necessary at the time.
It’s easy to attract a crowd by screaming “racism” when a white cop beats a black kid. But what happens, as in the Tyre Nichols case, when the cops are black?
No worries. Just change the narrative to accuse black people of being influenced by anti-black rhetoric. Some black people, anyway. Specifically cops.
Van Jones, the former Obama administration radical, wants to change the narrative to show that black cops “internalize” racist messaging in society and therefore act like white people when around other blacks.
What’s that? We have to move to a more “nuanced discussion of the way police violence endangers black lives?”
Why? Is it because in this instance, all the perpetrators of the police violence were black? Why can’t we have a “nuanced discussion” when white officers are involved?
Oh, for heaven’s sake. Got news for ya, Van; those neighborhoods are treated like “war zones” because the bangers are running around with powerful automatic weapons — almost like soldiers. The gangs don’t care where they’re shooting or who might get caught in the crossfire. Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like Ukraine?