Americans, demand better of your media.
Here is an actual thing that an actual person said on television today, in reference to the Charlie Hebdo attack:
Bream wondered how police would be able to identify “bad guys” if they had ski masks and couldn’t “even know what color,” what “the tone of their skin was?”
Her comment was a response to co-host Kennedy Montgomery’s statement that “sometimes bad guys don’t look like bad guys.”
“That’s my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what color they were? What the tone of their skin was. I mean what if they didn’t look like typical bad guys?”
I do not have any particular expertise in law enforcement or crisis response, so I hope I am not speaking out of turn when I respectfully suggest that perhaps a person’s skin tone is a less significant signal of potential badness than his or her GUN AND SKI MASK.
Goddamn it. That made me yell, and now I look like a frothy liberal. Which I am, but that does not undermine the central point: if you must be explicitly racist on television, at least try to be a smart racist, insofar as such a thing is possible.