I had the misfortune of watching Faux News yesterday in order to ascertain how the conservatives plan to defend the indefensible: The Killing of Freddie Gray. Many vicious, hateful accusations and talking points were spewed to justify the use of excessive force by police to “subdue” African-American males.
Vile Conservative Point 1: Freddie was a drug dealer and a drug addict.
Counterpoint: A certain rotund conservative talk radio host is/was a KNOWN drug addict who forced his maid and “physician” to procure drugs illegally. Shouldn’t he have been arrested and had his spine broken?
Vile Conservative Point 2: The Police didn’t buckle him in because they were fearful for their lives
Counterpoint: Several cops subdued Mr. Gray, handcuffed his hands behind his back and lifted him into the paddy wagon. How much more time would it have taken to strap him in?
Vile Conservative Point 3: The cops deserve due process and there was a rush to judgement by the Attorney General
Counterpoint: Mr. Gray was arrested though no illegal weapon (the basis for his arrest) was found and he requested medical attention several times. The cops ignored his pleas. Where was Mr, Gray’s due process and why was there a rush to judge that he did not require medical attention?
Vile Conservative Point 4: Some of the cops were black hence there is no racism.
Counterpoint: Some of the slave overseers were Black and some of the Guards in the concentration camps were Jewish. These facts do not negate that those populations were deliberately targeted for slavery and anihilation
Vile Conservative Point 5: Rioting and the Poverty is due to the absence of a Black Father
Counterpoint: The riots in the 60s were due to high unemployment, limit education opportunities, police brutality and racism . These conditions exist today. And BTW, the Black nuclear family was more or less intact in the 60s.