A Ferguson, Missouri grand jury has yet to reach a decision about whether to indict the police thug Darren Wilson for his murdering the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
As I discussed on The Chauncey DeVega Show with my guests Mr. Lou Dubose and Reverend Renita Lamkin, 1) the acquittal of Darren Wilson is a fait accompli because black life is cheap in America and the police have historically operated as a force of the Racial State and 2) the media frame around the subsequent people's protests in response to Wilson's walking free without accountability or negative consequences for executing Brown will not be a sympathetic one.
The mainstream news media's coverage of the first round of citizen activism was relatively sympathetic. With the exception of Right-wing propaganda machines such as Fox News, the mainstream news media covered the anger and rage at the murder of Michael Brown as both reasonable and understandable given the questionable behavior of Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police department.
This observation comes with several qualifiers. The white racial frame still dominated the narrative (for example, that there is something "surprising" about how the police brutalize black and brown Americans). Moreover, the wanton violence and overreaction of a highly armed and unprofessional Ferguson police department was so obvious--white journalists were assaulted, a key element in the mainstream media's sympathetic framing of events--that even the mainstream corporate news media could not massage or deny it out of existence.
Symbolic racism is the "new" or "modern" racism. The ideology of symbolic racism consists of a belief that black Americans are lazy and not hard working, have "bad culture", are disloyal and violate basic "American" values such as self-reliance and the Horatio Alger myth, possess a tendency towards criminality, and talk about racism too much, and in such a way, as to make white people reasonably and understandably resentful.
Symbolic racism was present, but relatively muted, in the mainstream news media's coverage of the initial protests and police riot in Ferguson. When/if Wilson is not charged, symbolic racism will be a naked and obvious force in how the news media covers the citizen's activism of black and brown Americans in Ferguson (and elsewhere) as they respond to the grand jury's misdeed.
Symbolic racists will use several frameworks and memes to slur Michael Brown, his memory, and the African-American community's response to a highly corrupt and dishonest process that will leave Darren Wilson financially enriched and suffering no punishment for his decision to unnecessarily kill another human being.
These frameworks and talking points will consist of the following.
1. America is a nation of laws. The jury has spoken. Why don't black people respect that fact?
2. Black people do not believe in law and order. Look at the crime in their communities. They riot all the time anyway.
3. Where is black leadership?
4. Darren Wilson is the real victim here. How will he rebuild his life?
5. More blacks kill each other than are killed by the cops. What the heck are they complaining about!
6. The riots in Ferguson are the result of a culture that doesn't value hard work, fatherless homes, abortions, and out of wedlock births. Black people need to fix their own problems and not blame white people.
Help me add to this list. What racist talking points have you seen repeatedly deployed online about the killing of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson? What racial frame(s) will the mainstream media deploy when/if Darren Wilson is exonerated?