Re: Walter Scott. When DA sounds like the defense, can't really be surprised by a mistrial. This is incredible.https://t.co/ZWHnM1jAnQ pic.twitter.com/DeRIoNrGSX— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) December 5, 2016
The verdict is a travesty, but it’s not crazy or weak for prosecutor to address defense case head on, or to concede points they can’t win on https://t.co/iLMUrUGGuL— (((Megan McArdle))) (@asymmetricinfo) December 8, 2016
Coates is perfectly clear; when both sides believe that a Black man should expect to be murdered if he is disobedient to authority, the Black man never has a chance for justice. The problem is that Megan McArdle agrees with the prosecutor and defense. McArdle is so authoritarian that she assumes the cop had a right to shoot and kill a man for not following orders. (Coates' commenters pointed out that Black men get shot for sitting in a car as well, which McArdle ignored.)
The problem with saying, "Eh, he should have expected to be killed," is that it sounds racist to normal people and McArdle has an image to uphold, at least in her own mind. So McArdle must come up with some socially acceptable reason to be an authoritarian racist (maybe!), and she quickly latches on the idea of pretending Coates is talking about legal strategy, not systemic racism.
Her idiocy was noticed:
@asymmetricinfo @tanehisicoates That's such baloney. The victim had no effective representation. This makes me sick.— (((Deborah))) (@DebFenning) December 8, 2016
@DebFenning @tanehisicoates The purpose of representation is to win the case, not to make stirring speeches.— (((Megan McArdle))) (@asymmetricinfo) December 8, 2016
The purpose of a defense is to convince 12 men/women to acquit the defendant. If a stirring speech sways the jury, the defendant wins. It is moronic to pretend persuasion is never attempted or is never successful. But that's our libertarian princess; the point is not to be smart, it's to look smart enough to fool her readers and keep the money flowing into her bank account and out of her Amazon account.
McArdle knows she must make a nod towards humanity but it's clear that she doesn't care about justice. She does, however, care about pecking away at her Black former colleague and defending her race.