Meredith Cole, the thugs, and how emotion rules public discourse.

From the latest installment of BAB (Blacks Acting Badly) comes this surveillance footage of a physical altercation/assault that happened in Springfield, Missouri, last week.

According to local Springfield television station, KYTV:

Springfield police are looking for a group of people who brutally beat a couple in downtown Springfield. Police have not made any arrests. They hope someone seeing the video will identify the attackers.

One of the victims, Meredith Cole, says the attack started while her boyfriend, Alex, was working as a DJ at the Outland Ballroom. She said she was approached by a group of men outside the club, and they began to sexually assault her. Cole says she returned inside the club to alert her boyfriend, who then left the club to try to identify who her attackers are.

And according to this Fox story, Cole and her boyfriend, Alex Vessey, were attending a rap concert at the Outland Ballroom prior to the incidents which led to the assault. Vessey was allegedly upset that the group “disrespected” his girlfriend which led to the confrontation.

Once again, the agitated chorus arises in a swell of self-assured antipathy across the commentariat. Many people focus entirely on this video and the painful images it shows of a brutal assault of a poor White couple at the hands of a gang of Black brutes. I’ve mimicked the language and emotive reaches that one can find in most comments related to this footage.

The only thing missing is a clear-headed analysis of the incident and all the necessary skepticism and empiricism required to honestly appraise inflammatory images like this.

The facts are vague and we don’t know many of the underlying precursors to this scene. Yet, this does not stop the typical netizen from launching into an anti-Black spiel based purely on emotional responses to the images. We know nothing of what happened other than ambiguous police statements and a couple of curt news paragraphs. The emotional trigger appeal to this footage is stupendous and it is no shock that people so readily jump to conclusions.

Sampling of Facebook comments
Sampling of Facebook comments

I am a logician, a “scientist,” and I deal in the world of facts and reality, not emotions, but it seems lately that all we have to harvest in the realm of public discourse is pure emotion.

Does anyone wonder exactly what Meredith Cole’s definition of “sexual harassment” was? Were there catcalls and aggressive Black male flirting and shit-talk (we’ve all seen this), or did they really “assault” her? If so, did she call the police immediately? Did she believe she was the victim of a crime? And what on Earth prompted her boyfriend and all 150 pounds of him to drag her back outside the club to confront this group of mack daddies?

Nothing excuses what the Black kids did, but some additional knowledge might shed light on the pragmatic culpability the couple had in provoking such an exchange.

But ultimately, emotions and lack of critical thought rule the day.

We are “blessed” with this mighty hive called the internet but slowly I’m seeing that it is not improving the nature of man. It is only illuminating its inadequacies.