“We have long been worried about the ways in which the media helps perpetuate negative stereotypes of boys and men of color, but this appears to be overtly criminalizing a preschooler,” said Dori J. Maynard, President of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. (snip)
CBS 2/WBBM television aired the story early the next morning and featured a short clip of the boy, whose name was not released.
CBS 2 anchor Steve Bartelstein said the two teens were standing on the sidewalk when they were shot.
“The male’s in good condition while the girl’s expected to recover and kids on the street as young as 4 were there to see it all unfold and had disturbing reactions.”
Boy: “I’m not scared of nothing.”
Reporter: “When you get older are you going to stay away from all these guns?”
Reporter: “No? What are you going to do when you get older?”
Boy: “I’m going to have me a gun!”
Bartelstein ended the story saying, “that was scary indeed.”
Co-anchor Susan Carlson exclaimed, “hearing that little boy there, wow!”
Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life. Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar. He got into at least one scuffle with a neighbor.
On the day his body os going to be put in the ground, dead at the hands of a police officer.
When will it ever stop? As our media continues to spread such garbage, is it any wonder why racism is so misunderstood in this nation? Racism is real and right here is a very good example of how it is institutionalized, again.