Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights Movement’

THE BUTLER Opens Next Friday, August 16, in New York City: But Will It Cop

Friday, August 9th, 2013
THE BUTLER Screening

THE BUTLER Screening

Will Forest Whitaker cop another Oscar? Will Director Lee Daniels cop his first Oscar? Will the screenwriter cop his first Oscar?

Editor’s Note: The original headline stating that THE BUTLER was opening August 9 was an OBVIOUS error.

Omar Edwards, Andrew Duton, NYPD, New York City, Civil Liberties, America, Et Al

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Was race a factor in the death of  NYPD Officer Omar Edwards?


Was Officer Andrew Duton acting like a racist? Trash that question. Better ones are: Does he live in a racist society? Was his fatal mistake the result of his growing up and living in a racist society? What was his mindset at the moment he squeezed off several shots? Would he have shot a white man, woman or child under similar circumstances?

Who the hell is capable of answering such questions considering the epistemological challenges, regardless of the torrent of news reporting as well as commentary manipulated to look like news reporting?

No one.

Google, this date, listed 1,184 links to news stories about Omar Edwards’s slaying. Yet, every sane New Yorker, however, knows the answer to this one: When was the last time a black NYPD officer mistakenly shot a white police officer under similar circumstances?