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Panel from Matt Bors comic, correctly predicting media treatment of Michael Brown
Cartoon as prophecy
First off, Matt Bors called this. Second off, I wonder how many obituaries for dead teenagers get the explicit "he was no angel" treatment from the sodding New York Times.
Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life.
American teenager had troubles, but potential. Film at eleven. It's very important we not be overly kind to this child, lest people feel too sorry for him. He wasn't a respectable, well-centered fellow like the Unabomber.
Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case.
Which "the police say" had absolutely nothing with why he was shot multiple times in the middle of a residential street, but still wanted to get out there in case it maybe made people feel better about a teenager getting gunned down in a jaywalking stop. They know their audience.
He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol.
I can't recall, when an American child gets kidnapped do we break out the she was probably on the pot bit? Of all the obituaries of teenagers crafted in a given year, what percentage of them really ought to note that the kid had tasted of the forbidden drink, even though that was totally a naughty thing to do?
He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar.
DEAD BLACK KID HAD PREVIOUSLY RAPPED. Well that's it, we're clearly done here. He was on the rap music. He sometimes had emotions. TEENAGER USED SWEAR WORDS.

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