A police officer shot and killed an armed black man in Milwaukee, sparking a riot in which police were stoned with bricks, journalists were assaulted, several businesses were set on fire, and white drivers were pulled out of their cars and beaten. It turns out, the officer who fired the shots is black. [Read more…]
Imagine two professional baseball teams playing each other but not letting any fans watch the game. Maybe that’s the future of professional sports. But it is happening today in Baltimore, where riots over another African-American who died in police custody, have led to the decision that the Orioles-White Sox game would be closed to the public. [Read more…]
Ohio State beat Oregon to win the collegiate football championship, the first one under the new playoff system.
Question: Why in America do fans of the winners of big games riot, setting fires, breaking things, threatening cops? In other countries, sports violence is a problem, but my impression is that it’s usually losers and fans who feel cheated who start tearing up things.
To switch to the NFL, I don’t think Detroit fans rioted when the penalty flags against Dallas were picked up, and no one rioted in Dallas when an apparent catch was ruled incomplete in the game won by Green Bay [hooray!]. And there were no riots in Oregon. But the victorious Ohio State fans felt so happy that they set 89 fires. [Read more…]
Back in August, a police officer shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. According to media accounts, the teenager was unarmed and shot from a distance, suggesting an egregious case of police brutality. That’s what it seemed like even to conservatives like Rand Paul and to this blog. But the testimony of two eyewitnesses, the autopsy results, and other forensic evidence has proven that this was not what happened. It turns out, the teenager was attacking the officer and was shot during a scuffle, during which the assailant was trying to get the officer’s gun, followed by a brief chase and the teenager rushing the officer.
This was the finding of the grand jury investigating the case, so no charges against the officer are being filed. Keep in mind that a grand jury is run by the prosecutor’s office and that the authorities had every incentive to make the officer a scapegoat to prevent the kind of riots that broke out in August. And yet the jurors were going by the facts.
Nevertheless, riots have erupted. Businesses are being looted, police are being fired upon by automatic weapons, and Ferguson is basically being burned to the ground.
I know that the local protesters do not believe the legal establishment. I’ll be curious to see if political liberals –who often claim to be “the fact-based” or “the reality-based” or “the science-based” community–will side with the protesters, despite what the evidence proves.
Since postmodernists believe there is no objective truth, that truth claims are nothing but political constructions, I suspect they will. They will think that the legal system constructed a plausibility paradigm that suggests the police officer is innocent in order as an imposition of their power. And they will think nothing of constructing an alternative politically-motivated truth-claim of their own. [Read more…]