MEDIA CONTROLS OUR THINKING — AND THEY KNOW IT . . .
After three months of silence about a man who has been stabbing *Diasporans for the past four months, killing 5 of the 15 people he stabbed, CNN began reporting the following:
A man is stabbing people for no apparent reason . . .
"No apparent reason," encourages the viewer not to think about why this is happening, before they have even heard the story.
The report goes on to describe a man who engages his victims by asking them to help him in some way, in order to render them vulnerable and unassuming, then he attacks them with a knife.
The report ends by saying that the suspect is white and the victims are black, but just in case we might think something about that, we are again cautioned against thinking — we're told that they will do the thinking for us, "we'll let you know if that is relevant."
Besides lulling us into an unthinking state, the report encourages us to think irrationally about race. Generally we are encouraged to look for patterns and trends when repetitive facts occur, but this report infers that a different approach should be applied, when considering the behavior of a white person, toward Diasporans.
In effect, this report informs us that in matters of race, we should not think, reason, or conclude — just leave the thinking to them . . .
*Diasporan: A descendant of a survivor of the African diaspora.