lnterest groups and media become a lynch mob on the Chauvin trial. Racism blinds due process.
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By Brian P. Moore,
April 19, 2021, (rev. 3)
Many Americans are fearful to withhold judgment on the Floyd-Chauvin trial in Minneapolis for fear of being labeled a racist.
Public pressure and political correctness have caused people to act and think like a lynch mob, without any deference to a defendant's right to due process or "innocent until proven guilty."
Interest groups, such as Black Lives Matter, the Democratic Party (including President Biden), along with many progressives, have already become "judge, jury and executioner" of Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.
Even the press and media have taken a one-sided approach in favor of victim George Floyd; labeling his death in the hands of the Minneapolis police as "The killing or murder trial of George Floyd."
While the Floyd family is calling for an American societal ideal of "equal justice under the law," many Americans have to acknowledge the sacred democratic right for a defendant's due process and assumed innocence.
There are no “profiles in courage” when it comes to political, minority or progressive leaders calling for fairness, withholding judgment or discussing this case in a balanced manner.
Many programs on cable TV networks, like CNN and MSNBC, have loaded its panels with former black police chiefs and pundits as so-called experts. Most black commentators appear to be reticent or fearful in speaking against people of their own race, or at least do not give the modicum of a balanced approach to both victim and defendant.
CNN's Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett, John King, Brooks Baldwin, Laura Coates and Wolf Blitzer, among others, all come across as an obedient chorus in defense of George Floyd at the expense of fairness. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, Lawrence O’Donnel, Ari Melber, Ali Veshi, and even Brian Williams, are just as bad.
Their emotional segments trump factual reports in many newscasts. Network hosts seem to be afraid of being accused as racists by civil rights leaders.
Black spokespeople like lawyer Ben Crump, Rev. Al Sharpton, CNN host Don Lemon, Democratic pundit Van Jones and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson all argue that the deadly Floyd-Chauvin encounter is another example of "systemic racism" in America.
While the United States has a terrible history of slavery, segregation and racial discrimination in its past, the nation as a whole is slowly improving in race relations through better laws and citizens' evolving tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
Systemic racism does not stem from the country's white or Caucasian populations. Instead, it is rooted in America's economy, called capitalism.
Lower wage workers and many ethnic groups, who are at the bottom of America's economic ladder, are unable to overcome the cycle of poverty and lack of opportunities.
Low or minimum salaries, terrible unemployment compensation levels, high cost of housing, health care and education have all been perpetuated by American capitalism. There is little hope and less belief by the worker of a positive future, especially among the ethnic groups and minorities and poor whites, which make up more than half of the American labor force.
The result is a high crime rate amongst the lower income citizens, resulting in more deadly encounters with the police. Civil rights groups put the blame on police and white America. I contend it is misdirected.
American racism is rooted in an unfair, destructive and pernicious capitalistic economic caste system. It is based on a selfish, exploitative, alienating structure that creates massive inequality and suffering in our country. It is the antithesis to the very meaning of democracy---to benefit the many.
We need to reform how we operate financially, either turning to a more socialist system, or something very close to it, where "equal justice for all" can actually be a reality instead of a far-off and unrealistic dream.
The American economy should be based on a fairer distribution of money and resources, and not on race, power or privilege.
Hernando County activist Brian Moore is the coordinator for the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Social Justice; and a candidate for county, state and federal political offices in Florida, as both a registered Democrat and Independent, from 2002 through 2014. In 2008 he was the official presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA.