[Brown] Our intellectual dishonesty, rushing to judgment and building on false assumptions

[Brown] Our intellectual dishonesty, rushing to judgment and building on false assumptions

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[TheStream.org] The narrative has now fallen apart. The hardly credible story of Jussie Smollett has basically been debunked. He was not attacked by homophobic, racist, MAGA-chanting white men. The whole thing was apparently staged. But will that change the general public perception (other than people’s perception of Smollett)? I doubt it.

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Instead, we’ll be told that even though this particular attack wasn’t real, blacks and gays are harassed and threatened and attacked on a daily basis across America.

Not only so, we’ll be told that this highly toxic situation is being exacerbated by President Trump and his white supremacist, MAGA rallying cry.

In other words, even though the attack never happened, Trump and his followers are still guilty.

That’s the way things go in today’s instant society, where considered, careful, studious reflection is an all-but-lost art.

Covington Catholic Boys

To be fair, on certain, rare occasions, there is contrition for jumping to wrong conclusions, as in the case of the national media attack on the Covington Catholic boys.

But even then, others continued to look for dirt.

After all, the boys had to be guilty.

They were wearing MAGA hats.

They were at a pro-life rally.

They were white.

They were male.

And they were from a private Catholic school.

How could they not be guilty?

The Smollett Set up

It’s the same with the Jussie Smollett attack.

Who cares that the whole thing was apparently set up? Who cares that the alleged MAGA-fueled culprits were the figment of his imagination?

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