Her Name Was Ashli Babbitt

Her Name Was Ashli Babbitt  by Gregory Hood for UNZ Review

Anyone can see the footage. Ashli Babbitt was a young woman at Wednesday’s protests. She had no weapon, not even a stick. There were armed police in front of her and behind her. She posed no danger to anyone. Still, a police officer, apparently black, shot and killed her.

I never thought I’d say this, but Shaun King is right.

Joe Biden, allegedly quoting his granddaughter, said of Wednesday’s protests:

No one can tell me if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.

That’s true. And it is totally unacceptable.

If BLM took over the Capitol, once the mob went home, congressmen would kneel in submission. Journalists would praise the takeover. Corporations would give billions.

It’s already happened. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, festooned in kente cloth, knelt for George Floyd. The Capitol Police knelt too. Washington D.C. symbolically renamed 16th Street Black Lives Matter Plaza. New York City painted a huge Black Lives Matter sign on the street just outside Trump Tower.

And we’re supposed to think BLM got harsh treatment? In what must have been millions of man-hours of rioting, how many people did police kill? Not one. Did they shoot outright looters or arsonists? Only with rubber bullets, and only a handful. So far as I can tell, police did not even open fire and wound a single BLMer — not one — even in the 300 cities with such bad rioting there had to be curfews.

The very phrase “Black Lives Matter” has almost religious importance. The NYPD, unable or unwilling to stop the crime wave, cracked down on people who desecrated the phrase. Saying “All Lives Matter” can get you suspended, fired, maybe even killed.

In Minneapolis, the mob burned down an entire precinct station. In Seattle, anarchists set up an “autonomous zone” that police broke up only after paramilitaries shot two black teenagers. Rioters destroyed an incalculable amount of property. That wasn’t just “stuff.” Behind countless looted stores were small business owners and their employees. If the lockdowns didn’t put them on the breadline, BLM did.

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For decades I have spent a couple of hours every morning carefully reading The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and several other major newspapers. But although such a detailed study of the American mainstream media is a necessary condition for remaining informed about our world, it is not sufficient. With the rise of the Internet and the alternative media, every thinking individual has increasingly recognized that there exist enormous lacunae in what our media tells us and disturbing patterns in what is regularly ignored or concealed. In April 2013 I published “Our American Pravda,” a major article highlighting some of the most disturbing omissions of our national media in issues of the greatest national importance. The considerable attention it attracted from The Atlantic, Forbes, and a New York Times economics columnist demonstrated that the mainstream journalists themselves were often all too aware of these problems, but perhaps found them too difficult to address within the confining structure of large media organizations. This reinforced my belief in the reality of the serious condition I had diagnosed.