Rival motorcycle gangs opened fire in a parking lot in Waco, Texas, on Sunday. Nine have died, 18 were wounded, and 170 have been arrested and will be charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder. What’s truly amazing is how the media has framed the incident. CNN called it a “brouhaha” while the NYT called it a “confrontation.”
Of course, the deadly shootout in Texas was exactly that: A shootout. The rival gangs were not engaged in a demonstration or protest and they were predominantly white, which means that — despite the fact that dozens of people engaged in acts of obscene violence — they did not “riot,” as far as much of the media is concerned. “Riots” are reserved for communities of color in protest, whether they organize violently or not, and the “thuggishness” of those involved is debatable. That doesn’t seem to be the case in Texas.
Nine people dead and that’s a brouhaha? I’d love to know what CNN defines as a tussle.
Team Blackness also discussed the demilitarization of the police, a woman who got jail time for raping a man, and a really inappropriate way that one Boston couple choose to wait for the train.