People working in the mass media desperately need to use some common sense. But since true journalism is pretty much rare these days, journalists have been bamboozled by completely wicked ideologies.
You will be blessed if you can simply find a consistent journalist in the mass media who can actually put two coherent thoughts together. In fact, the mass social media actually pays those journalists to say weird things, crazy things, unfathomable things.
“When ideology is your guide, you’re bound to get lost. Ideology deludes, inspires dishonesty, and breeds fanaticism. Facts, experience, and logic are much better at leading you to truth. Truth, however, is not everyone’s intended destination…Ph.D.s, high IQs, and intellectual honors are not antidotes to thick-headedness.”
If you have been paying attention to the news, then you must have stumbled upon Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old girl who has been portrayed almost as a saint or innocent victim in the mass social media. Newsweek has put out a brazen headline entitled:
“Who Is Ma’Khia Bryant? 16-Year-Old Black Girl Shot Dead by Columbus Police.” The New York Post says it all: “Ma’Khia Bryant’s TikToks Are A Reminder That She Was Just A Kid.” ABC News: “New video shows Columbus police shooting of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant.”
But did the police officer just decide to take Bryant down because she was black? What was Bryant actually doing? Was she simply going to school and minding her own business? And isn’t there a bodycam footage of Bryant’s violent and bloody activity?
When the police officer received a call and arrived at the scene, Bryant was already walking down a driveway in order to stab another woman with a knife screaming:
“I’m going to stab the fuck out of you, bitch.” And she did. Bryant again walked up to another woman and was lunging at her. The police officer was just a few feet away from Bryant.
Now, no matter how you cut it, this violent action demanded immediate response. Granted, the situation might be complicated, but police officers simply do not have enough time to make a complete assessment when people are being lunged at right in front of them. They are under the obligation to stop people from taking the law into their own hands.
So, it is simply silly for basketball players like Lebron James to post a photo of the officer with the caption, “You’re next.” Lebron certainly have seen the multiple videos of the actual incident. Yet instead of apologizing to the officer, Lebron declared:
“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
He’s got to be kidding. What does he have to say to the other two women who were being stabbed to death? Did their lives matter at all? Why did he avoid commenting on that as well? Lebron moved on to say:
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
Perhaps this man should stick to basketball and stay away from commenting on political issues. The sad and pathetic thing is that protesters have already gathered at Columbus Police headquarters for hours last Tuesdays demanding justice.
Once again, those protesters have not come to their senses and come up with a rational explanation as to why Bryant was lunging a knife at a women who quickly fell backwards; those protesters cannot explain why Bryant moved to her next victim and attempted to do the same thing:
“A slow-motion version of the footage shows the second victim falling against a car as the knife-wielding youth raises the weapon as if about to stab her, as an officer opens fire on the teenager.”
According to the New York Post: “The crowd chanted “Bryant” as they approached officers outside of the building, while a group of protesters were heard shouting: ‘She was just a kid.'”
Here’s my questions to those pinheads: What if the girls who were being stabbed were your own daughters? Would you simply go to police headquarters and ask for justice for Bryant and then ignore your daughters who were being bludgeoned to death? And do you seriously think that the officer had enough time to evaluate what was going on before he pulled the trigger? Have you really taken into account what decent police officers have to go through on a daily basis? Have you even considered the possibility that decent police officers have died because they failed to make split-second decisions in similar situations?
 Daniel J. Flynn, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas (New York: Crown Forum, 2004), 1.
 Khaleda Rahman, “Who Is Ma’Khia Bryant? 16-Year-Old Black Girl Shot Dead by Columbus Police,” Newsweek, April 21, 2021.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book Zionism vs. the West: How Talmudic Ideology is Undermining Western Culture. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.