Thursday, June 23, 2016

The perils of being honest about black crime

In March, a white award-winning broadcast news anchor in Pittsburgh posted on her professional Facebook page what she claimed was a heartfelt call to action on the perceived black-on-black crime epidemic in the United States, particularly in the city she’d covered for almost 20 years.

The post came two weeks after she covered a mass shooting at a backyard barbecue that left four people injured and six dead, including a pregnant woman, in Wilkinsburg, a majority black borough. The district attorney called the heinous crime calculated, planned and one of the “most brutal” he had seen in his 18-year tenure.

Police did not immediately release names or descriptions of the suspects. When WTAE-TV anchor Wendy Bell took to Facebook, there had been no arrests.

Yet the veteran journalist drew her own conclusions about the perpetrators anyway, comments that were decried as racist and demeaning — and that eventually cost her her job.

“You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday,” Bell wrote on Facebook, words that were later deleted. “… They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”

Almost immediately, critics called her words racist and accused Bell of having a white savior complex. Two days later, the anchor removed the Facebook post and apologized. Seven days after that, on the same day as a meeting between the station management and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, the TV station fired her.



Bird of Paradise said...

Their so afraid of the truth these one worlders and NWO radicals to them the truth must be supressed so Big Brothers sake

Anonymous said...

Sometimes speaking the truth will turn on you like a rabid dog. She has learned the hard way that some people just don't want to hear the truth. I wish her well with her law suit against her former employer.


Anonymous said...

The truth is that her firing was racist. If a liberal black commentator had made the same post they would have been at worst given a pass. When someone makes factual comments and is crucified for them solely for the color of their skin that is racism.


Anonymous said...

700pct higher homicide rate for the black culture in America, most ignored issue

Anonymous said...

You are right Anon 2:05 - the fact that this issue is hushed up and not confronted is probably the most racist thing in America at the moment.
The black community would rather self-immolate than deal with out of control criminality and gun violence in their own communities.
Meanwhile, innocents keep on dying.

Anonymous said...

Of course all black crime is stifled at the direction of DOJ. Obama refuses to admit that the black half of his relatives represent a disproportionate percentage of the population. He can bullshit all he likes but it will not change the reality on the ground. Black lives taken by other black lives don't matter to blacks, only black killed by whites which represents a tiny proportion of black deaths matter. Unless the black community can grow up and address their own violence issues they have no right to castigate white people, especially the police.