What more could you ask for? CNN has already invited in two professional race baiters to explain to the rest of us how the deadly police shooting on Saturday of a 12-year-old in Cleveland was cold-blooded murder of another innocent black child. L.Z. Granderson, whose day job is writing about sports for ESPN, was on hand as was Van Jones to affirm that Tamir Rice’s shooting was racially motivated.
So far, what is known about the story — that a 911 call indicating that a “kid” was brandishing a gun on a playground and that when police arrived, the child appeared to reach for his weapon — suggests it was a tragic misunderstanding. Ganderson begins his analysis reasonably enough, noting that the details of the case so far are sketchy, but then avers that “this is a story that we have heard time and time again,” adding that “maybe police are more aggressive than they need to be because of preconceived notions about what black men can do.”
Maybe. Or maybe stories like this one receive national attention because we have become oversensitized to race as a mitigating factor.