February 25, 2017

Waco Shooting Described As Brouhaha and Other Safe Nouns

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*This post was originally posted 05/21/2015 and later restored, reedited and republished. Read about that here. It may or may not contain original photos used.

Who are the true gangs of America? Who are the real thugs? The the menacing black man with the dreads in the hoodie? The police officer hands gripped on his baton? badge and constitutional protection? The biker sporting the skull and cross leather vest with the tattoos and bandana? All stereotypes right, or did I just make these images up?

Will the real thug please stand up?

The shooting in Waco, Texas where nine were left dead, 18 injured and 200 arrested I was not surprised. The blasé reaction nationwide did me in. The headlines read “biker gang” but how do you treat a gang that just left a bloodbath at a shopping center? When do we stop being afraid to admit what’s real and ignoring what’s wrong? When do we admit that Americans don’t like Americans based off skin color, religion, or their affiliations to rival bike clubs?

But you know what real trips me out? The way CNN reported the story by calling it a “brouhaha”. White men kill one another because they couldn’t settle their differences peacefully and it gets called defined as “a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.” It was a massacre. You address the severity of violence; you don’t undermine it with poor word choices.

“By the time the Sunday melee was over, at least nine people were dead, 18 were hospitalized and at least 170 were arrested and charged.” (actual quote from original CNN article)

A “melee”? Who writes this shit? Was there a noun shortage? It got worse.

CNN described the crime scene that took place as a “brouhaha”, “melee” and “fracas”, but the brouhaha really was the icing on the cake. Two writers who worked in the field of journalism for years used their wits to say that these five gangs had a good ole fashioned brouhaha.

Besides the poor choice of wording to explain this tragedy, I’ll troll and say I am waiting for the white on white crime research analysis to do numbers.

People were beaten to death with brass knuckles,  shot, and stabbed—people died. Who is going to be the courageous soul who says these men are a product of their environment? Who is going to start the #whitelivesmatter march?

Listen, you mean to tell me the police department knew of Twin Peaks as a placed frequented by gains with prior violent altercations and was anticipating something brouhaha-ee to go down by placing about 20 police officers in uniforms with squad cars on the scene and all this STILL went down?!?!

Then, the bikers turned their weapons on the arriving police officers, who returned bullets for bullets AND managed to confiscate (I assume safely) over 100 weapons. To your brouhaha, I up you with shindig.


CNN edited the original story,  “brouhaha” nor “fracas” are omitted. However, Slate caught it. Local stations picked up CNN Wire story if you want to read it, like Fox’s KDVR-TV.




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