May 14, 2021

Derek Chauvin: The Great White Defendant

In the brilliant novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” author Tom Wolfe describes what he calls the intense media interest in covering “The Great White Defendant.”

A review of “Bonfire” explains: “The overarching theme of the book is the search for the great white defendant. The vast majority of defendants in New York City are minorities, arrested for killing another minority. The vast majority of the cops and prosecutors are all about the press and their careers. One drug dealer killing another drug dealer is not going to get you any attention; it’s a dog-bites-man story — no story. What you want is a man-bites-dog story. Therefore, subliminally, the police, prosecutors and press are always looking for a great white defendant who will make their careers.”

Nobody, Wolfe writes, gets upset about massive media coverage of The Great White Defendant. Blacks enjoy watching media coverage of well-off white men, in this case a Wall Street trader, accused of serious wrongdoing, in this case murder. Guilty whites are used to perpetuate the systemic racism media narrative. And the media feel noble when pushing it. Win, win, win.

This brings us to the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white ex-Minneapolis cop convicted of murdering George Floyd, a Black man who initially resisted arrest.

Cable channel HLN has covered the trial from gavel to gavel. When bumping in and out of commercial breaks, HLN displayed a graphic, accompanied by foreboding music, showing two fists tearing an American flag in half, with the caption “America’s Very Soul Is on Trial.” Black Lives Matter activist Maya Echols, in a since-deleted TikTok video, said: “If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose. Don’t be surprised when building are on fire. Just sayin’.” And Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says she is “hopeful” of a conviction, but if not, Waters said: “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business.”

No, America’s “very soul” is not on trial.

An individual ex-officer, Chauvin, who is white, stood trial for allegedly murdering an individual suspect, Floyd, who is Black. Nothing more, nothing less. Indeed, the lead prosecution, in his opening statement, stressed that “the Minneapolis police department” is not on trial, just solely this defendant. Furthermore, many studies find cops more hesitant, more reluctant do use deadly force on a Black person than a white person. The facts simply do not bear out the Democrats’ and media narrative of anti-Black police “systemic racism.” According to The Washington Post, in 2020, the police shot and killed 18 unarmed Blacks. That represents one-quarter of 1% of the approximately 7,000 yearly Black homicide victims. And this does not include Blacks killed by police through other means, although the total is likely not much higher since most suspects killed by police are shot.

By elevating the Chauvin trial into a referendum on cops in general and on America in particular, the media and irresponsible incendiaries like Echols and Waters make violence more likely if the state had failed to convince 12 jurors of Chauvin’s guilt. Inevitably, as buildings and businesses burn, someone on the left reminds us that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called riots “the language of the unheard.”

The King quoters omit two things. First, at the time King said that, many doubted the credibility of investigations, given that whites ran the investigations. Today, most big cities have or have had Black mayors, Black police chiefs, Black prosecutors, Black leaders of city councils and Black superintendents of schools. Who, then, is not hearing the unheard? Second, King also called riots “self-defeating and socially destructive.” King said: “I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way.”

Waters voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump a second time for allegedly “inciting an insurrection” in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. If the state had failed to convict Chauvin, a distinct possibility given the state’s heavy burden of proof, would media similarly accuse Waters of incitement to riot?

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2021 LAURENCE A. ELDER

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  2. Over 70% of the reported crimes AGAINST BLACKS ARE BY OTHER BLACKS. Similarly, the highest percentage of crimes against whites are by other whites, but blacks are a close second. The crimes against every other racially identified group shows the highest percentage is by blacks, All this was on a chart on this website 2 weeks ago. Blacks are their own worst enemy. If you’re old enough to remember the 60’s then you should recognize that NOTHING HAS CHANGED !!!!!!!!!! Discent, riots, burning business……all the same.

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    2. Maxine Waters is NOT an American, American stand up for America. She is a POS puppet planted to cause mayhem and create Tyranny and be a Traitor to our country and our people. The real Maxine is doin time at Gitmo and the world puts up with this ‘fake’, so the demnorats and the cabal can carry out their agendas’. Who would want to be like a communist china? They offer their people NOTHING, because that’s what they are. Ya can’t give what ya don’t have, so they are taking it, and we are letting them take it! Overall, Waters is just another puppet like Pelosi, very ugly and with a BIG mouth that says nothing… it’s all show! I want to see what these nice folks receive for their actions taken against mankind… rope… tree… oh sh*t… lol…
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    3. Blacks are 13.7% of the population and are probably 80% of the problems, the only blacks that do matter are the civilized one’s that take care of their families and contribute to our country.

  3. Heard on Prager where said Jury was intimidated to act & make Guilty verdict
    & now we face Mob Justice
    & No 1 will want Jury duty now
    Even if remote
    & have MN Star print IDs of jurors.
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  4. I cannot understand the hatred that this woman has, probably has had all of her life, and will die from severe hatred. The woman needs to retire so that our nation can exist because with her bellering and shouting, most of us get sick and tired of her complaints while SHE, an official, does nothing worthwhile for the pay she receives regularly. She is as wrong as hell but will never ever admit her negativism…but she can make a human sick merely by their listening to her squalling and yelling.. Frankly I cannot tolerate the very sight of her and definitely I refuse to listen to ANYTHING SHE SAYS because I know it to be a lie from the get go.

  5. No way! They are the wolves in sheep clothes that are out to destroy America and we have brainwashed the government to see equality as they the dictators and control the laws now of defunding police of not stopping a black for speeding or if he confronts a white in the streets and parking lots demanding money or our car we are the ones wrong because it is now their right so police don’t start something by trying to arrest them. Look at the article: https://en-volve.com/2021/04/22/watch-blm-block-residential-street-in-minnesota-keeping-man-from-getting-to-his-home-police-arrive-and-arrest-him/

    Forget the 10 Commandments that the laws of US had been based on and lets go with BLM and Antifa laws of destruction, killing and do as we do and don’t question us we are the idols of this country. (Most from rich families and Congressmen/women or paid by them to do it). Bill Clinton told them in the 1990’s they can control the US by 2000 but Gore lost so lets have a terrorist attach and show these people. For 8 years Bush went through one problem after another with Terrorists and anthrax. Then Trump went through Impeachments one after another. Now we are back on the right track because we got our leadership in control and got these stupid people brainwashed so we will go through wars it looks like with Russia and Iran and who will we belong to because we are so busy with getting illegals in our country and justifying BLM and Antifa that we have lost who we are as a nation and building a One World concept with our power of money through the Democrat leadership building a dictatorship for them. By the way we in DC want the Marines and National Guards to protect us but not guns allow by you. Your presence is enough and if any of your lives are lost, too bad you were there to protect us. We gave really made great progress since 1965 when one man, Martin Luther King, meant for peace and equality and others used it to destroy. Is ther no leadership in power with wisdom and understanding of how to lead today? All I heard for 4 years was Trump is Hitler. If we look at the Nazi’s we would see what the Democrat party has been up to for over 30 years progressing to their pattern and now it is rampant!

  6. I have to believe one thing about the current administration- it was born via a stolen election- nurtured by vile lies spread via the mainstream media- matured via a corrupt judicial system to become the most corrupt administration in American history—I, for one, will not be goaded into a civil war by the spreading of racial baiting hatred…. no, I will continue to believe in the Constitution and pray that there are still some political leaders in this country who do as well. I also believe that there is enough raw evidence of a Democratic Party orchestrated coup de tat to administer the patriot act against Biden, Harris, Pilosi and Schumer to imprison them in Gitmo for high treason.

    1. Here! Here! You said it all! I 100% agree with you. The Left wants to erase the Constitution as it was written by our Founding Fathers, and rewrite it to suit themselves against- “We The People”. This plan has been in play for over 40 yrs. I am still in shock of this stolen election! I try to do the “Right Thing” in living my life, but unfortunately to deaf ears. This country is in for a day of reckoning like nothing ever seen in history. Right after the election, there was word out that they were upgrading Gitmo (as if they were expecting something). Who knows. I would like to think that they were expecting some Administrative Treasonous Guests as you mentioned above. We can only hope and pray this country wakes up.

  7. The Democrats want to make DC a state, so that they can get more power. So the house voted to make DC a state? now the senate has to vote on it, and it still wont make DC a state? It would take a constitutional amendment, that the congress or the president can do. I guess that all I can tell the people of DC is that if they want taxation with representation, is move to Maryland.

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  9. The Media slanted everything for conviction, Waters , Pelosi and Pres. Biden said to continue to riot. That gives a good chance for a reversal of the conviction asthe jury was scared not to convict . Enough said .

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