A lot has happened this past week in the little county of Ferguson, Missouri. There were protests, and riots, and overall, just a lot of happenings. The reason for all of this is the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer, Darren Wilson. This is so controversial because Michael Brown was a black teen, and Darren Wilson is a white officer, and we all know of the controversies in the United States regarding racism, and racial profiling. While it is not known whether this was an act of racial profiling, or not, many people around the world have drawn conclusions, saying that it in fact was, and so there is a lot of uproar, not only in Ferguson, but also around the world.
The phrase “hands up, don’t shoot” can be heard from the protesters who believe that racism is a factor because Michael Brown had his hands up, and yet he was still shot. And there are others who argue that it was in fact reasonable for Darren Wilson to kill Michael Brown if he felt as though his life was in danger. To which it is argued that he could have shot Brown to incapacitate him, instead of shooting him in the head.
As you can see by this, there are many different opinions and viewpoints, which can be brought about this situation, and I have heard some, but I’d like to stay objective because I believe that is the only way that one can find the truth. There are two sides to every story and we have heard one of them, and the other will sadly never be heard because he is dead. This is why I believe that the media should realize the importance for them to also give objective viewpoints, instead of perpetuating stereotypes and causing uproar. In my next blog post, I will talk about objectivity in the news based on an article about the alleged victims of Jian Gomeshi.