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'COPS' slammed for portraying blacks as criminals
Posted By Colin Flaherty On 03/21/2013 @ 10:13 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
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John Langley thought he was doing liberals a favor. They were unhappy his long-running reality show, COPS, was showing too many black people getting arrested.
So he reversed it and showed white people getting arrested far out of proportion to the amount of crime they committed. On COPS, blacks are under-represented as the criminal offenders, compared to real numbers in society.
“What irritates me sometimes is critics still watch something and say ‘Oh look, they misrepresent people of color.’ That’s absolutely not true,” said Langley, the show’s producer, in 2009.
To the contrary, “I show more white people than statistically what the truth is in terms of street crime. If you look at the prisons it is 60-something percent people of color and 30 something percent white people. If you look at COPS is it 60 percent white and 40 percent other. It’s just the reverse. And I do that intentionally because I do not want to contribute to negative stereotypes.”
That still was not enough for the media hound dogs at Color of Change. They are starting a campaign to get COPS off the air.
Shows like COPS “over-represent whites as police officers and under-represent blacks and Latinos as authority figures, while also under-representing whites and over-representing people of color as criminals,” say media hound dogs at Color of Change.
Changing the image will change the reality of black crime, they say.
Taleeb Starkes says Color of Change has it backwards: If the reality of black crime changes, so will the perception. But changing the reality must come first. And that is not a particularly pleasant picture, Starkes says.
“Color of Change is asking us one question: Who are we going to believe: Them? Or those lying video tapes we see on COPS?” Starkes says. “For people who do not like what they see on the show COPS, I have a better idea: Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”
Starkes is the author of “The Uncivil War: Blacks vs. Ni*****. Confronting the sub-culture within the African American Community.” Starkes wrote about Langley in his new book:
“As long as a black subculture continues to commit disproportionate amounts of crime, they will always have starring roles on crime-based reality shows; especially those based on violent crime or told from law enforcement’s vantage point.
“Naturally, black apologists believe that these shows perpetuate stereotypes, however, the cancellation of these shows still won’t cancel the statistical reality that blacks are to violent crime what Mickey Mouse is to Disney World.
These shows don’t contribute to negative stereotypes… an African-American subculture does.
Starkes says part of the problem is the result of black people blaming high rates of violent crime and high incarceration rates on racism, instead of a streak of dysfunctional behavior that permeates black sub-culture.
“And this Color of Change crowd are the leaders in this intellectual hoax.”
Color of Change gained notoriety when its founder, Van Jones, became the Green Jobs Czar under President Obama. He was forced to resign after it was revealed he was a member of a so-called 9/11 truth group that doubted official accounts of the destruction of the World Trade Center.
“Black crime is the elephant in the room in this country,” said Starkes. “Every day we talk about black caucuses, black teachers unions, black officers groups, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and other race-based notions. But to talk about black crime is somehow racist. So it gets worse.
“And now we learn that the producers of COPS have been intentionally distorting their program to misrepresent the racial make up of people who commit crime in America by under-reporting black crime? Maybe Color of Change is right but for the wrong reason.”
Langley is hardly alone in politically correct proclivities. The book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it,” documents how the producers of the “ripped from the headlines” program Law and Order did much the same thing.
One of its shows focused on the true story of a black gang kidnapping, torturing and killing an Asian restaurant worker in New York. With one difference: By the time the crime made it to TV, the criminals were no longer black. But white.
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