White Media Falsely Link Brooklyn Shootings to West Indian Day Parade

White Media Falsely Link Brooklyn Shootings to West Indian Day Parade

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio and his family dance at the 2014 West Indian American Day Carnival.

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio and his family dance at the 2014 West Indian American Day Carnival.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 2, 2014: Is it racist or simply stupid that five shootings in Brooklyn that occurred in the wee hours of Monday morning were automatically linked by white-owned media entities in New York City to the West Indian American Day Carnival?

The carnival, the largest in North America which draws a large percentage of black Caribbean immigrants annually for the past 47 years, kicked off at 11 a.m. yesterday at Schenectady and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. But shootings that occurred at 3:30 a.m. and 4:45 a.m., respectively, were quickly linked to the Carnival.

PIX 11 via the AP ran a story that began with the lead: “For all the festivity that surrounds the annual West Indian Day Parade, the event has been scarred in recent years by violence nearby and that was the case Monday morning.”

Though the shooting occurred six blocks from the parade route, the headline screamed: “Man shot, killed near Caribbean Carnival route.”

For the record, a gunman opened fire at about 3:30 a.m. on a crowd of people who had gathered along Eastern Parkway, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, police said. Michael Sampson, 55 years old, of Crown Heights, was killed, and two other bystanders were wounded.

Two other shootings occurred: one near Utica Avenue and the other on McKeever Place in Brooklyn. A 22-year-old man was shot in the foot and a 28-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks, police said but both victims were expected to survive.

ABC News via the AP carried the same headline with a lead in that stated: “… a massive Caribbean celebration …. was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway.”

Police at the 2014 West Indian Day Carnival

Police at the 2014 West Indian Day Carnival.

The same story went around the world to the Daily Mail in London while the New York Daily News linked the 3:30 a.m. shooting to the carnival, falsely noting that “a gunman opened fire into a crowd in Crown Heights that had already begun festivities for the West Indian Day Parade.” CBS 2 went with the story of ‘One Dead, Two Injured Before Parade.’

But the Wall Street Journal was the absolute worst offender. Its headline writers went with the farce: “Barrage of Bullets Before West Indian Day Parade.”

None of the shooting were related to the West Indian American Day Carnival, which began its five-day celebration last Thursday night on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum and ended with the grand finale – the parade down Eastern Parkway from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. yesterday.

The real story of course went unreported of course.

No one was injured, shot or killed at the carnival or on the parade route which drew tens of thousands.

But you would never know this reading the Journal, which reported: “A rash of shootings near the route of Brooklyn’s annual West Indian Day Parade left one man dead, five other people injured and cast another pall on one of New York City’s largest public celebrations.”

Last we checked there was no pall over the carnival yesterday, but simply a celebration of culture and pride with floats, costumed revelry, good food and music.

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Creative costumes at the 2014 West Indian American Day Carnival.

And, under the watchful eye of the NYPD’s 4,000 plus, the only big news of the day were: the hypocritical politicians who suddenly became Caribbean for a day but only managed to walk a block of the parade route and the many women who really should be charged for exposing way too much cellulite and injuring the eyes and mind.

Give us your thoughts? Is this racism or simply journalism at its worst?

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

    It comes down to capitalism, consumption and selling the story – that is the business of the media. The news is for the bakra-man’s eyes. News about LGBT, Immigrants; women, and non-whites, in particular, sell in light of controversy. In other words, news stories are not prepared and published for our benefit or edification; but about us – in a controversial way – It sells!!

  • de Castro compton  On September 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Both…racism and bad journalism…..
    America is becoming a country of ‘extremes’
    from a country of ‘firsts’….moon landings et al.

    Sad fact….too big to exist !
    In Spain one uses the word ‘americano’ to order…it means ‘grande’ (large)….
    In todays world…..
    Small is beautiful
    Large is grotesque ! Ha ha !

  • Lynette Andrews-Baker  On September 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Perhaps, one may surmise that the Authorities may want to stop having the carnival on the street and may want to move it elseware, and this may be an opportunity to do so by linking the shooting to the carnival celebrations, even though the shooting had nothing to do with the Carnival celebrations. One should explore other venues such as having it in a Park or elsewhere. etc

  • de Castro compton  On September 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Your guess is as good as mine !
    Sorry beg to differ….the motive /reason for shootings must
    be made public….then other options should be considered…
    assumptions are as bad as speculations !
    Permission for event was obtained from the concerned
    authorities….maybe questions should be directed to those
    who granted permission in the first place….horse has already bolted….post mortem too little too late !

  • gigi  On September 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    How better to rile up anti-immigrant hate between African Americans and African Caribbeans. There has long been resentment towards Afro Caribbeans by African Americans who view these immigrants as threats to their livelihood by preventing them from getting ahead. Another act of racial strife making presented to you by the low class, race bashing democratic establishment. In the south it’s whites vs blacks and in the north its blacks and whites vs immigrants. However, the class of immigrants represented here are the vulgar types who reinforce a specific and negative stereotype.

  • de Castro compton  On September 3, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    There will always be ‘them and us’ in societies !
    Those who
    were here first … those who came later.
    The political class will always side with those
    who support their ‘nationalistic’ cause….
    Did not Hitler discriminate against minorities !
    Opportunist politicians will always side with
    minorities to win votes….underdogs in society !

    As the saying goes…
    God only help those who cannot help themselves !!
    Minorities will always be used as scapegoats to win
    over majority..thats life !
    Que sera sera

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