Friday, May 8, 2015
Baltimore: Sensitivity In Repetition
on the person's mind.
The reason why it is on someone's mind is not necessarily known, but because it is playing, like a repeat recording, over and over in the brain working its way to the tongue, it is said to be "sensitive" to the person.
This may be varying reasons for the sensitivity but:
a. It is sensitive
b. It is important
Often, but not always, the sensitivity can linger because the person knows what I am saying isn't really true. That is, that is partially true, but not fully, or that it is true, but misleading, or that it is something the person does not want to be asked about yet keeps repeating.
In the Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby's statement, we saw two such words (nouns) that were stood out to us, just as "me" and "I" did in her speech.
The two words were:
"Independent" and "Thorough." (even more than "comprehensive" though the redundancy should not be missed)
These two words were repeated enough for even the untrained ear to pick up on them and so it was that, over time, criticism began to fall upon Mosby for:
a. Making it a personal "front and center" attention grab
b. Being part of a larger picture that proved to be anything but "independent"including the FBI being forced to admit they had private planes monitoring the demonstrations, issuing a statement denying that they were there to film citizens practicing free speech. This, along with other connections to the White House, and an investigator once tazed by Baltimore police have helped us understand why she kept saying "independent" so often.
c. Rush to judgment.
Rushing to capitalize on the media frenzy and fairness are not close relatives, but rushing and thoroughness do not fit together.
The rush to the charges is likely to be her undoing. Legal experts have weighed in, along with common media, questioning why evidence was not examined for a few weeks, in the least, yet in her own statement, we saw her reasoning: she was not seeking justice, but to please the crowd. (See the analysis for details) "I have heard your cry 'no justice, no peace;" is not a statement of prosecution.
Media pointed out that she gave the wrong addresses, even, such a minor detail, yet, anything but thorough in its workings.
Already, it appears that the murder charge may end up being dropped, and the wrongful arrest will now come down to the spring that a switchblade uses to open.
"No justice, no peace, no racist police" was the chant to follow in the demonstrations after her speech.
3 of the officers are black.
According to the Baltimore Sun today: Since April 28th, 2015, the day after the Baltimore riot, 40 people have been shot in Baltimore. 10 people were shot Thursday of this week, alone.
None by police.
Any word that is repeated is sensitive to the subject. We look first at context to learn why it is sensitive, and later, as an investigation continues, to evidence to help answer our question.