While I’m not someone who believes every police-involved shooting of an African-American male has to do with race, I do fully believe that racism is still an issue in this country and some of these shootings are racially motivated. I’ve had my issues with liberals playing the “race card” far too often and conservatives absurdly trying to deny that racism ever plays a part in anything.
Racism, unfortunately, seems to be a subject where many people seem unable to be moderate or rational about much of anything.
That being said, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld uttered some of the most ignorant and borderline delusional nonsense I’ve heard yet concerning the killing of Walter Scott by the now fired police officer Michael Slager in South Carolina.
During The Five, Gutfeld claimed he didn’t see a “black man killed by a white cop,” he just saw one man kill another man.
“I didn’t see a black man killed by a white cop,” Gutfeld said. “I saw a man shoot another man in the back.”
But his reasoning for his statement was even more ridiculous than that.
“I saw an actual act. You can’t theorize – you can’t come up with hypotheticals – you actually see that,” he continued, talking about the video of the shooting. “Unlike talking heads like us, or activists, the camera sees more than color. The camera captures the actual incident that, in my view, cannot be justified.”
He also went on to say that “cameras, unlike people, aren’t biased” while advocating that we need cameras basically everywhere.
Yes, the Fox News host actually tried to turn a shooting that seems to have at least some sort of racial implications into something that justifies massive surveillance programs, while denying that race had anything to do with the shooting itself.
And what the hell does “the camera sees more than color” even mean? The camera showed an African-American male being gunned down in cold blood by a white police officer as he was running away in a state that where racism is still fairly prevalent.
After all, let’s not forget that South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union during the Civil War; it supported segregation; and opposed interracial marriage – so let’s not pretend like the state has been a beacon of racial acceptance throughout our history.
As I’ve said before, racism is extremely hard to “prove.” While this video, in my opinion, clearly shows a black man being gunned down in cold blood, it’s not as if the shooter is ever going to admit that Scott’s race had anything to do with it.
Hell, I’ve seen the damn Ku Klux Klan try to claim that they’re not a “hate group” or “racist” – they’re just promoting “European Americans.”
It’s like I’ve said before, living in Texas all my life I’ve seen a whole lot of racism – yet I’ve met very few people who think they’re racists. I literally once had a woman tell me she wasn’t racist because she had black friends, but she just wanted our president to be white. When you’re dealing with that kind of ignorance, it’s practically impossible to have any semblance of a rational discussion.
But Gutfeld kept to the typical Fox News and conservative rhetoric that no matter what the circumstances, racism clearly had nothing to do with it.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: