A little girl was killed by gunfire outside a Wal-Mart in Texas this past week. That alone is a terrible tragedy. Ah, but in this media-driven environment where factless emotionalism and political manipulations are the air we are all forced to breathe, the tragedy was compounded further by yet another false media claim that the shooter was a racist white man.
Not true. In fact, not even close…
The shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston set off a media frenzy when the mother and sister of the victim described the shooter as a white male, “with blue eyes, a thin build and no beard. They say he ‘looked sick’ with sunken cheekbones and a pale face with a ‘five o’clock shadow.’ He was wearing a black hoodie.”
The sister was even more helpful, giving authorities enough information to develop a sketch of the “killer” who, the mother says, “intentionally” targeted her daughter.
Authorities arrested Robert Cantrell, whose red pickup truck was identified by the mother as the vehicle the shooter fired from.
Justice done? Not exactly. A few hours after Cantrell was picked up, authorities arrested two black men for the crime.
The mother never really said the crime was racially motivated. That angle of the story was left to race-hustlers Shaun King of Black Lives Matter and S. Lee Merritt, Esq. They ginned up outrage over the killing with the usual incendiary rhetoric.
URGENT. ALL HANDS ON DECK.
A 40 y/o white man w/ a beard in a red pickup truck pulled up on 7 y/o Jazmine Barnes and her family near a Houston @Walmart and shot and killed her and injured others.
I am joining the search for her killer and have a $25,000 reward.
Need him NOW. pic.twitter.com/ugfA2nJ1k8
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 1, 2019
What Mr. King did was put a bounty on the heads of all red truck owning white men fitting his description who lived in and around the Houston area. Thank goodness the Houston PD were quick to locate and arrest the likely perpetrators of the horrible crime. This kind of knee-jerk, race-baiting reactionism is a leftover of the Obama years when President Obama himself repeatedly engaged in similar behavior. And while Shaun King and other racist agitators ran with the false narrative on social media, so too did Establishment Media like the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and race-baiting politicians like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
Hopefully, this kind of dangerously divisive tactic will end.
America must be better than this.
Oh, and guess how many in the media now care about the death of Jazmine Barnes since the “hate crime” aspect has been removed. Well, if there was an empty room available to put them all in it would likely look something like this: