I still can’t comprehend it either …. “it’s” there, staring us in the face. The proverbial “pink elephant” in the room!!!
The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the choking death of Eric Garner in Staten Island have dominated the news cycle for weeks, making it almost impossible to get any other issue onto the agenda. Immigration, Ebola and ISIS have all been reduced to the status of warm-up acts.
The death of Eric Garner has riveted the nation because we have the video. A few voices on the hard right are defending Daniel Pantaleo’s use of the choke hold, arguing that it was somehow Mr. Garner’s fault for being obese and having high blood pressure. But most commentators, regardless of ideological persuasion, are baffled by the grand jury’s decision. Even when the footage is grainy, the camera doesn’t lie.
The Michael Brown story has captured the lion’s share of media attention precisely because we don’t have the video.
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