Every single time a black kid is killed in this country by a white person (or half white in Zimmerman’s case) the media sets about labeling the victim a “thug.” It is the new N-word and we’ve seen it happen over and over again. Now it’s happening to 12-year-old Tamir Rice, but in the most despicable way.
Tamir Rice did not have a criminal record. Actually, the first run-in he ever had with police left him dead. He was playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park when police shot and killed him. The 911 caller told dispatchers that the gun was probably fake but that information was never given to the police. Instead of taking the time to assess the situation, police shot and killed a child.
Cleveland.com knew that Rice did not have a criminal record, so what did they do? They used his parents’ criminal history to smear his name.
Tamir Rice’s father has a history of violence against women.
[His father] is estranged from Rice’s mother Samaria Rice, who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking last year and assault in 2001.
Now why would their criminal history matter? The publication, after much backlash, added a line to the article to explain why they felt it was necessary to release this information:
People from across the region have been asking whether Rice grew up around violence. The Northeast Ohio Media Group investigated the backgrounds of the parents and found the mother and father both have violent pasts.
Hmmmm. . . does the media investigate the backgrounds of parents when a white kid is shot by police? Of course not!
The only plausible explanation for this little background check is to somehow show that Tamir was to blame for his own death because surely he was a violent kid! Look at his parents!
The media couldn’t support the “Tamir Rice is a ‘thug’ because of his past” narrative, so they are using his parents’ past. You know how we were all exactly like our parents when we were 12? Not.
This trend in the media is absolutely despicable. This kid was playing with a toy gun in a park and he was gunned down by the very people who were supposed to protect him. How many of you have children who play with toy guns? My 10-year-old sure does.
Cleveland.com owes Tamir Rice’s parents an apology. That wasn’t journalism; it was a thinly veiled smear campaign.