FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
"Daunte Wright's murder," he says: In his first book, Stride Toward Freedom, Dr. King repeatedly discussed his deep belief in what he called "the love ethic of Jesus."
As a general matter, we humans aren't wired for that. Consider what Professor Glaude said on Brian Williams' program last night.
(This came in the segment which followed the segment in which Yamiche Alcindor offered her absurd false claim about the marijuana.)
Glaude told Brian how hard it is to have to keep watching the tape of "Daunte Wright's murder." We'd like to show you the full exchange, but the transcript hasn't been posted yet and we don't plan to do more transcribing today.
Does anybody really believe that what happened last Sunday was a "murder" in any conventional sense of the term? On cable, the more general game has been this:
Every pundit takes his or her turn striking a certain pose. They marvel at how hard it is to believe that Kim Potter could have mistaken her gun for her Taser.
Others have made the same mistake in the past, but this won't affect the minuet the pundits take turns performing. Remember the definition of a contemporary columnist / pundit:
Someone who has nothing to say and a contractual obligation to say it.
In part for those reasons, they love to run with the crowd. They're only happy when they're saying whatever the last six pundits just said, except maybe a little bit louder.
People have made that mistake before. People will make it again.
That said, the typical upper-end pundit has never made a mistake himself and has never seen a colleague make one. For that reason, he or she may find it hard to believe that someone else actually has.
Eventually, along comes the Princeton guy, and he drops the M-bomb. Adapted to a more genteel framework, this is the way the mobs used to work in Glaude's native part of the country.
Dr. King loved that love ethic. As current stampedes are making plain, we humans aren't wired for that.
Professor Glaude is a good, decent person but, or so the experts say, this is what our species is like!