Propagotcha: The Press and Black Lives Matter Part 2 continues. Florida is famous for many things from Disney World to the Florida Everglades and so much more. However as of late it has become the epicenter of the battle over the Stand Your Ground Law. Lately Florida has just become known as the place you can shoot young black males with impunity. The State of Florida has been painted to be something like the killing fields of Cambodia or maybe like The Hunger Games. Here, if you believe the press, overzealous gun owners run around with concealed weapon permits hunting down young virulent black males to slay as trophy pieces for right wing causes and second amendment nuts.
I can tell you the press has never had such a strong hold on alternate realities and propagating falsehoods as it does today. The George Zimmerman’s and Michael Dunn’s of the world will feel safe to act out inner fantasies of the Wild West with their carry permits and kill all the black people if you believe the growing narrative put out by the media. The press has painted a picture nationally that men in Florida, when confronted with a situation where they know they can’t win a fist fight, just pull out their legally owned handgun and kill the dude and it is all just fine according to the law.
If you are outside looking into our state, I can tell you that you have no idea how screwed up it is to watch the news some days. There are nearly twenty million people who live in Florida from every ethnic background under the sun, but when you gazed upon of state government in Tallahassee, it looks more like a NASCAR race and that angers people with a left-wing agenda. When people outside Florida look at our state, they throw their hands up publicly musing why this or how can they do that? To the rest of the nation, Florida seems like a dangerous place for black people thanks to the press. Black people who live or visit here are in grave danger if you were to believe what you see on the television. The shooting death of Travon Martin and the George Zimmerman Trial was how this current black-white divide first got started. The alternate reality that the press created in this case should be a case study taught in colleges across the nation in what George Orwell called Newspeak. Almost everything the public believes about the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Travon Martin is completely false.
Then, upon the mountain of lies and false information built around all of that came The Loud Music Trial of Michael Dunn. There are just things in life that have no defense and shooting up an SUV full of black teenagers because you do not like their loud music is certainly one of them. But is that what really happened? That is what the press said about Michael Dunn. They said that he was a hate filled racist or a cold blooded killer and that he killed someone over their music. The problem with that narrative is it did not match the life lead by Michael Dunn in any measurable way. To watch the press give birth to a whole new Michael Dunn that did not exist in reality was beyond disingenuous. To watch a false narrative take hold and then grow out of control, caught my attention because I knew Michael Dunn personally. If that could happen to someone that easy, then how many people out there has this happened to?
Is anything we are watching on the news real? The vast disconnect from reality that the press engages in seems to be growing stronger and stronger every year. Just a cursory glance at Michael Dunn’s life reveals a massive disconnect from what the press was saying about him. George Orwell called it Newspeak, but people forget, that was a fictional book. It does not have to be a self-fulfilling prophecy for the 21th century in America. The third brigade of misinformation built upon the mountain of lies about race was the shooting death of Michael Brown by the police officer Darren Wilson. These were the three cases that set off a national movement that brought hundreds of thousands of people in the streets to protest. The storylines created by the press around these three cases cause cities to burn in America. In all three cases the press put forth false narratives and created a template about race that became very poisonous. The question is, why?
Propagotcha: The Press and Black Lives Matter is a blog series by Rev. Charles R. Walker Jr. that will concentrate on the role of the press when it comes to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Follow along as we take an honest look at press coverage that was started and based on falsehoods pushed by the national press. See how Rev. Charles R. Walker Jr. connects the dots and shows how the press had a role with their colleagues being murdered live on television.
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