Thursday, April 9, 2015
A Hero and a Sociopath: Three Questions That the Mainstream Media Won't Ask About the Killing of Walter Scott
If you have not yet watched MSNBC's interview with Feidin Santana, the gentleman who recorded the killing of Walter Scott by the thug cop Michael Slager, I encourage you to do so.
A hero is someone who puts themselves at great personal risk, does not have specific training for the task, and is not paid to do so.
Mr. Santana is a hero.
As clearly demonstrated by their centuries-long habit of killing unarmed and/or surrendered black and brown people, America's police are not heroes. Some of them may occasionally act in a brave way; but, not all brave acts are heroic.
The news media has made the murder of Michael Scott into a spectacle. The video of Scott's murder is a 21st century type of lynching photograph and postcard. Every time the video is shown, the mental, physical, and emotional health of Black America is assaulted. This is psychic warfare and terrorism.
Just as the killer cop Darren Wilson casually stood over Michael Brown's dead body in the street, Michael Slager appears to show no panic or upset after he guns down Walter Scott.
Soldiers will often have a breakdown or show other signs of visible emotional distress after they kill another human being in battle.
These police officers are calm, cool, collected, and unmoved.
I wonder, was Slager's calm and detached behavior a reflection of his police training and cultural conditioning regarding the use of force against black people?
Are Slager and other cops who kill in a similar manner sociopathic?
Has Michael Slager killed someone before and successfully covered it up, thus his slaying of Walter Scott is an old habit?
The mainstream corporate media will not ask those important questions. It is time that the American people force this issue, as the colorline is not just about justice for people of color, but a life and death matter for the Common Good.