Black Police Officers Urge More Harassment of Black Citizens in England
In England the head of a union of black police officers issued a statement saying that black motorists should be stopped more often and searched for weapons. It's news because this is a reversal of his position. His group had previously criticized the rates with which police stopped people of color in comparison to whites which was 4-to-1. He justified this new position by bringing up concerns in communities of color about rising rates of violence which includes knives. It was covered by the Guardian.
The Guardian is a leftist publication so they emphasize the reversal of position and the reaction of lefty politicians. It doesn't seem like it's really done with any harm, they're not blurring the facts or truth of the case. It's an interesting idea though, coming from American Media who pretend not to have any explicit ideology while endlessly extolling certain virtues of bottom lines. I heard an interview earlier this week where they were asking a journalist about transparency, and he said transparency comes from knowing the orgins, until you know the politics and biases of a journalist or paper then they aren't transparent. I remember when I lived in Spain, I appreciated the media more. I knew if I picked up El Pais that I would get a certain emphasis while the conservative paper would give me another. It helps get the whole story I think. Actually, in the American media the Wall Street Journal has been an interesting case, while there's no particularly liberal paper, the Journal is explicitly conservative and no one who disagrees with them will really read them, so they say things the mainstream media wouldn't. Comsky says something like this too.