Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time.
Michael Brown: we’ve got a few bits of evidence that suggest he wasn’t a wholly innocent human being (like you could find with most people). So, let’s not feel too bad about him getting gunned down in the street.
Ted Bundy: Pillar of the community (unless you count that he confessed to 30 murders but let’s not mention that). It’s so easy to condemn and dehumanize him (because he murdered 30 people [and we think maybe even more than that] but let’s not mention that) but maybe we should reflect on his own words and think a bit about what condemning him means about ourselves.
Michael Brown: body count 0 … let’s not rush to feeling too bad he got gunned down in the street and left there for hours by a person who we’re supposed to trust with upholding the law.
Ted Bundy: body count 30+ … Who are we to judge?
Michael Brown: Guilty of being born black.
Ted Bundy: He was a Boy Scout and B-plus student. Come on. He wasn’t all bad.
This shit is infuriating.
Last night’s protests in Missouri
FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 13: Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
In Ferguson, police have:
– Gunned down a teenager in the street, hands already above his head
– Referred to black neighborhoods as “fucking animals”
– Dispersed a candlelight vigil with tear gas and rubber bullets
– Occupied neighborhoods and stationed tanks on street corners
– Shut down a McDonald’s, arresting two reporters in the process
– Ordered media crews out of the city and confiscated video
– Arrested members of St. Louis city council for tweeting
I’ll just leave this here 😒