In what might be the first bona fide WTF column of 2007, MSNBC’s Mike Celizic shows off some scary detective/sociology chops ; not only is he fairly certain Darrent Williams’ shooter was black, he’s also very familiar with his or her CD collection.
If Williams had been shot by police, there would be rallies with thousands of persons demanding justice. If one or more of the cops were white, Al Sharpton would be front and center, demanding an end to the victimization of young blacks by law enforcement officials.
But it is likely that this will turn out to be another black-on-black shooting. And that™s a lot harder to get a soundbite out of. Besides, to condemn it would require condemning a culture that too often celebrates in music and lifestyle guns and retribution and a twisted idea of honor.
A member or members of the group had a difference of opinion with a person or persons in a club they had visited. Williams™s party left the club “ a sensible decision. But they hadn™t gone far before the occupants of an SUV “ people who hadn™t been introduced to sensible behavior; that sort of thing makes for lousy lyrics in the songs they listen to – that pulled up alongside them raked the limo with gunfire, wounding three people, Williams fatally.
Given that Celizic is such an expert in this mysterious, sinister culture he refers to, I suspect his talents are being wasted on MSNBC, and would really go a long way in helping the Denver police.
Observes Sports Media Watch’s Paul Sen,
Celizic is like so many people, white and black, who blames violence on music and clothes, as if someone who wears a suit and tie and listens to Frank Sinatra isn’t capable of murder. The vast majority of serial killers and rapists in this country are white males. In fact, “Every single sexual deviation is overwhelmingly dominated by white males. And most sexually related ritualistic crimes are committed by white males.” Does anyone assign to white men and their associated culture the characteristics of rapist or murderer? Does anyone write articles decrying the music they listen to or the clothes they wear?
Usually not, no. Though perhaps they should.