Black eyewitness to Texas pool-party incident: “I do not believe that this was about race"

Behold as a thoughtcrime is committed before your eyes by a man who refuses to push the official progressive narrative of what happened this weekend in McKinney. His punishment: Death threats and demands that his radio show be canceled, natch.

Benet Embry, who hosts an internet show on Deep Ellum on Air and lives in the neighborhood, has been accused by some for being a traitor to his race after he posted to his Facebook account to push back against what he called a false media narrative that has been crafted in the wake of the incident.

The Daily Caller confirmed with the CEO of Deep Ellum, Jedi Jantzen, that the station has received at least 25 phone calls and numerous emails and social media posts demanding Embry’s ouster. Jentzen said he has no plans to fire the host…

“Don’t listen to this fool’s show,” Facebook user Tracy Price-Thompson wrote on Embry’s page. “Petition to have it cancelled and taken off the air. But wait, he’s not engaging Blacks as his audience anyway. He’s pandering to whites, eating crow and shucking and jiving to please those who will never accept him.”

He claims there were no more than “seven knuckleheads” among the crowd of kids who were causing trouble, although accounts from other locals suggest a problem bigger than that. Again, though, like I said in yesterday’s post, there are really two different debates happening here. One is whether the crowd was so unruly that police were needed in the first place, the other is whether the cops showed prejudice against the black kids after they showed up. Embry’s speaking mainly to the first point and he’s backed up by other residents: Several witnesses say kids started showing up who don’t live in the neighborhood and didn’t have guest privileges at the pool. When the security guards tried to stop them, they were pushed aside. One resident said the guards were “assaulted” and a mom with three small kids there was “attacked,” although that’s as specific as he got. There was more to this, obviously, than a group of black kids being too big for a middle-class white neighborhood’s comfort.

On the second point, watch the other clip below of 15-year-old Brandon Brooks, who shot the now-famous video of one cop wrestling a 15-year-old girl to the ground. He says the crowd of kids was mixed racially and that the only fight he saw was between a girl and an adult, but when the police arrived they were mainly interested in controlling the black teens. He also says the girl did nothing more than run her mouth a little before being flung down to the ground. Usually in cases where excessive force by police is alleged, the cop’s defense is that the victim was being more aggressive with him than everyone realizes. (See, e.g., Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.) In this case, the defense isn’t that the girl was being violent or even that the crowd writ large was being violent, it’s that the cops were outnumbered and therefore could have been in danger if the crowd had turned violent. How much slack do you want to cut police in being preemptively aggressive, even with kids, in the name of showing a larger group that they mean business, knowing that getting rough with a teenaged girl might do more inadvertently to inflame the crowd than quiet it?