Not so sweet 16
About that 16-year-old girl named Ma’Khia who tried to stab to death another black teenage girl in Columbus OH Tuesday 04-20-21. Ah, the good ol’ days. Philip Klein in National Review remembers how he spent his benighted childhood:
Fridays were idyllic: We’d play some football, try a little Super Mario Bros, have a quick knife fight, and then fire up some frozen pizza before bed. And now law enforcement is getting involved?
O.K., mouth breathers. That was SATIRE! But Klein isolates a trope of the guilty liberal media. The dead gang banger was really good at heart. A VICTIM, actually, of our racist society. (Show graduation cap and gown.) So much promise — why were her needs unmet? So CNN (of course) “reports”:
Ma’Khia Bryant’s mother doesn’t want her daughter to be remembered by the incident that ended her life.
Must not actually describe said “incident.” That being her attempt to stab to death another human being. CNN resumes:
“I want the world to know that Ma’Khia Bryant was a very loving 16-year-old girl. She was my daughter, my baby. I loved her. She was very talented and smart. She was funny. Her favorite color was blue,” Paula Bryant told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. [Who else?]
That’s some special loving!
Not until three-fourths of the way into a 621-word article do we learn of a police video “during which Ma’Khia lunges at another young woman with a knife outside the house.”
Within inches, actually. But why be specific (“Outside the house.”) Never mentioned is the panicked call for police by one of the potential victims, whose lives were spared by the officer’s quick thinking and accurate aim. CNN reports baby daughter’s favorite color but not her choice in knives. Wusthof? Zwilling, Chicago Cutlery?
This is typical journalistic malpractice, dancing around the hard questions that might help future Ma’Khias from a) being shot dead by a police officer or b) being convicted of murder in the first degree if the officer had not shot her dead first. Hard questions like: Mommy Dearest, why loving daughter’s violent rage to kill another fellow human being? Sexual molestation? Drugs? Parental neglect? Taught victimhood and entitlement? Disputed cell phone?
“Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. And now people are calling the cops on them? …We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon.” — Black filmmaker and “activist” Bree Newsome.
Venmo them some kowtowing
To the same extent that a Madison school board president gets mau-maued, so does our news media. Avoid tough questions, scapegoat convenient villains (such as institutional racism), and you will be spared. The local gendarmes will not blast bullhorns on your front lawn at midnight. The possession arrow these days points the other way: Fake a hate crime and get a bullhorn at the next Blame the Cops rally.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: How would Columbus OH have played out if a mental health worker had been summoned, instead?