The New York Post is being criticized for criminalizing Black victims while making white people suspected of crimes look like the “good guys.”
On Wednesday (Aug. 26) night, the Post shared a story praising Kyle Rittenhouse for cleaning graffiti by a high school in the city. Hours after performing his good act, however, the 17-year-old shot at protesters demanding justice for Jacob Blake, resulting in two fatalities and a severe injury. He was eventually charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide.
The story revealed he was carrying a knife in his car at the time of the shooting and chose to use a photo of the 29-year-old appearing to look very angry. There was no mention of Blake breaking up a fight between two women before the gunfire.
After getting wind of the stories, writer and activist Parker Molloy called the Post out for its new coverage. “NY Post’s really showing its hand,” she penned in a tweet and Twitter users flooded her comments with their reactions.
NY Post’s really showing its hand pic.twitter.com/Ph6lKMDYLJ— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 27, 2020
“Is the nypost trying to convince me that rittenhouse is really a good boy because he cleaned up some graffiti,” one person tweeted.
“It took three days to ‘find’ a knife in the car of the victim of point blank police shooting,” read another tweet. “It took a day to get a photo of graffiti removal of the 17y old shooter who killed two people with AK-15 rifle, walked past police and was not picked up for a night!”
A third user penned in a tweet, “I’m so done. When the media is part of the problem. Our only hope is our own voice and power of social media. Seek out Black media drop, unfollow, do not retweet or click on any of these media houses links. Roland Martin good alternative for news.”
Look below for some of the tweets slamming the New York Post.
I see no difference when the media depicts scores of violent looters burning down our fucking cities as "peaceful protestors." Let's all pretend like this guy wasn't surrounded by armed rioters burning shit down around him. What a joke.— Ryan (@Ryan76295773) August 27, 2020
Hey STUPID..seen KYLE'S rap sheets yet? Did ya bother to look?? Guess what..just ONE of his many offenses was DISOBEYING AN OFFICER pic.twitter.com/kfDo7hmlR2— Temptingfate (@temptingfate7) August 27, 2020
New York Times Probably: Ted Bundy, who spends free time volunteering for suicide hotline, linked to mysterious death of women. pic.twitter.com/zj1od64SBv— Kevin Barstow (@klevenby7) August 27, 2020
Thats no way to talk about jacob, he was a criminal and a scumbag but still human, apology for your racism— miguel reyes botello (@miguelreyesbot1) August 27, 2020