On the subject of the man in St Louis, Missouri who was beaten to death by a gang of black men with hammers who were roaming the streets looking for white people to beat to death, a police spokesman says this:
“We think it was wrong place, wrong time.”
It’s pretty fatalistic of the police to say that the man who was beat to death with hammers was in ‘the wrong place and time’. What on Earth do they mean by that? It’s the sort of thing I might say if someone is, say, struck down by a meteor or caught up in an flash flood. But a gang of black blokes beating you to death with hammers is not the same sort of thing as a meteor or a flash flood. The police, however, seem to think it is and you’re just unlucky to be struck down by it – this unexpected force of nature: black-blokes-with-hammers. Black-blokes-with-hammers don’t have agency or free will or any of that sort of stuff I guess… they’re just an oncoming storm and it’s your responsibility to get out the way of it. Certainly don’t get out the car and try to talk to it.
Or are they implying that the victim should have been somewhere else? That it’s his own fault for being in the same place as the black-blokes-with-hammers?
He wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was on a public street which, in a civilised country, one should be able to walk down without being beaten to death with hammers by your fellow citizens. One might say that’s a hallmark of civilisation.