Clearly, failed ESPN blogger Jemele Hill can’t help herself.
No matter the situation, no matter the circumstances, no matter the facts, Jemele Hill can and will find a way to claim literally everything is racist.
Case in point, over the weekend, a video emerged of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks, leading a countless number of social justice warriors on Twitter to fire up their outrage machine and question whether the men were only being arrested because of their race.
After all, the video does not include any context for the arrest, so the only logical assertion any self-respecting social justice warrior can make is a simple one – racism.
A white SJW can even be heard in the video questioning the intentions of the arresting officers.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Additionally, Melissa DePino, the user who originally posted the video and describes herself in her Twitter profile as “outraged since Nov. 8,” used her original Tweet to frame the narrative she wanted to push by asserting the police officers arrested the two men for “doing nothing.”
With such a groundswell of social justice warrior propaganda already propping the story up and bringing attention to anyone who Tweeted about it, it wasn’t long before the more popular, attention seeking SJW’s, like Jemele Hill, emerged on the scene.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 14, 2018
When a fellow Twitter user suggested that maybe, just maybe, she should wait for all the facts to come in before making the leap to claim racism, Hill was having none of that.
Once again, this train is never late … https://t.co/AIYg26HqgW
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 14, 2018
As usual, though, the facts did eventually begin to reveal themselves.
And, as usual, folks like Jemele Hill were left looking rather foolish.
According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who just so happens to be a black man, the facts of the situation – as they almost always happen to do – completely justified the officers’ actions.
“Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were told that the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, as he said is company policy. He said they then refused to leave.
Ross, who is black, said police asked the men to leave three times but they refused, and they were then arrested but were later released after the company elected not to prosecute. He said the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and were professional in their conduct toward the individuals but “got the opposite back.” He did not mention the person who said he was meeting with the men.
“As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing,” Ross said. But he added “If a business calls and they say that ‘Someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business’ (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties and they did just that.”
This perfectly acceptable answer and rationale for the situation, however, completely failed to satisfy perpetually outraged social justice warriors like Jemele Hill, who interestingly shifted her argument once presented with the facts.
Because the police had been called, I’m guessing the least they had to do is ask these gentlemen to leave. But why arrest them? Why embarrass them by placing handcuffs on them? I have seen plenty of officers de-escalate situations like these. https://t.co/2aIKIo1K2T
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2018
With her logic crumbling beneath her feet, Hill realized these 5 minutes of fame were soon coming to an end, if she didn’t change her argument once again.
This time, rather than questioning whether race played a role in their actual arrest, Hill declared that race must have played a role in the amount of time the two men remained in custody.
That’s another question I’d like to be answered. I get responding to the complaint but they took every step afterward as if the intention was to prosecute to the fullest extent. The fact that this even crossed a prosecutor’s desk is mind blowing. https://t.co/Bbyan5RJIJ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2018
But once again, her insatiable desire to jump to conclusions and cry racism got the the better of Jemele Hill.
Had she merely waited just a moment for the facts to emerge, she would’ve known the two men were only kept in custody after 1:00 A.M. because that’s how long it took Starbucks to inform the police that they wouldn’t be pressing charges.
Considering the fact that it was their corporate policy that caused this entire fiasco, it was only right for Starbucks to issue this apology:
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
Of course, in keeping with their liberal company’s nature, Starbucks is also extremely likely to take their reaction to this ordeal a step too far as they look to avoid an incident like this in the future.
On Monday’s “Good Morning America,” Starbucks’s chief executive Kevin Johnson called for “unconscious bias” training for employees.
“My responsibility is to look not only to that individual but look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again,” Johnson said.
The manager who followed Starbucks’ company policy by calling the police on the two men in Philadelphia is no longer employed by the company, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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