The Reporter’s Comments

Sean Bergin

News 12 New Jersey’s reporter Sean Bergin, a white man, reported a shooting of a rookie cop Melvin Santiago by Lawrence Campbell, a black male. Bergin decided to air out his views on air while covering the incident citing that an ‘anti-cop mentality’ is the result of young black men not having any fathers in their lives. He made that statement during an interview with Lawrence’s widow Angelique who said that he should’ve killed more officers who later apologized for making the statement. Bergin was reprimanded by News 12, because he “voiced an opinion rather than remained objective.” He walked out soon after.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly interviewed Bergin on her show. His views had not changed, and he didn’t believe he was wrong. He cared nothing about the consequences:

“It’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities,’ Bergin said. ‘The underlying cause of all of this, of course, young black men growing up without fathers…I knew there would be some consequences; I knew there would be some ramifications. I thought maybe I would get a reprimand, maybe a temporary suspension…If I had it to do over again, I would do the exact same thing.”

I hope I’m not the only one who thinks that Sean Bergin statements make no sense. I fail to see the link in fatherless, young black males and this animosity towards the police. But after careful thought, I see this is yet another weak attempt to associate young black men, absent black fathers and violence. This racist “logic” is very popular in American society, so popular that even some black people themselves, even the most liberal, accept it as fact. Somehow or another, not having a father in a black household spawns killers and rapists without fail. In this case, it even gives birth to cop-killers.

Bergin says how he was silenced for addressing the problem. He states that the media doesn’t want to talk about this subject due to “stark raving liberals who masquerade as journalists.” While Bergin is entitled to his stupid ass opinion, there are several things that also need to be addressed, but is rarely mentioned in the mainstream, liberal or conservative.

(As a side note, I’m not defending Campbell of any other criminal. But a few things need to be addressed.)

One, America’s problems, with major help from the media, are racialized. In this case, we’re seeing a rehash of fatherless males and violence latched on to the black community as black pathologies. In our case, one creates the other. Black males with no fathers equal violent crime. Only black folks have those problems and only they must take care of it.

Two, the issues of children growing up without dads and violence is not a ‘black problem’. They are social problems that are not stuck with one group of people. They are damning stereotypes that the so-called liberal media likes to present.

Three, Not many people have the knowledge or guts to mention how the media is racially biased in regards to black people. Most of the news you see or read involving black folks involve sports and crime. Positive news about black folks is as hard in the mainstream.

Four, unless there’s an article I’ve missed, we don’t know if Lawrence Campbell had a father or not.

Five, Bergin said, ““I’m in these housing projects all the time, and it’s all for the same thing: black men slaughtering each other in the streets. Why is this happening?” He assumed that those within the projects he mentioned are mostly single parent families with no fathers.

Six, being a black man without a father doesn’t guarantee that he will end up a criminal just like having a father won’t mean that he will definitely not be a criminal. This kind of low-level, racist thinking must cease. There are, have been and always will be young people who grow up to be whatever they want regardless if the father’s in the picture or not, which leads me to…

Seven, we seem to give fatherhood way too much power. At the same time, we devalue mothers, especially single moms, who take care of their children. Yet, the blame for fatherless black males always goes to the mothers. There isn’t nearly as much finger-pointing for the douche bags who committed hit-and-runs. Instead, they usually regarded as ‘thugs’ who women love to fuck over so-called ‘nice guys’.

Eight, and most importantly, Bergin obviously didn’t think to consider that the anti-police sentiment that so many black people have is due to anti-black sentiments that the police have that resulted in serious injuries and even death. Recently, a 51-year old homeless black woman Marlene Pinnock was beaten within an inch of her life by a California highway patrol officer, and from what we’ve learned, she was only crossing freeway medians in bare feet. And just a few days ago 43 year-old Eric Garner, a black man, was choked to death by New York cops after breaking up a fight. Of course, let’s not forget the numerous cases where black people were harassed and taken down brutally by police for hardly anything that would warrant such force. But hey, it’s the fault of black folks without fathers in their lives, right?

Eric Garner, recently murdered by police

Maybe if Bergin was so concerned with black male fatherhood, or the supposed lack thereof, he would dig deeper into the issue or at least question why the media is obsessed in seeing who our baby’s daddies are. But I doubt it. To people like Bergin, it’s simple, and there won’t be a heavy examination, especially to his questionable opinion. What he said in front of the camera is what people cheer for, and his penalty is what people are upset about. In the end, it’s our fault we hate police and it’s our fault we keep getting our asses handed to us by the nation’s finest, whatever it is to ease the collective guilt of the mainstream and law(less) enforcement.

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20 thoughts on “The Reporter’s Comments

  1. Folks, this man like the swine he is, is just looking for notoriety, he will probably get a job with FOX. It is one thing to make remarks, no matter how dumb, but what is this clown doing or offering as remedies for these supposed pathologies? Nothing, that’s what. This is a ploy nothing else, nothing more, this goof isn’t interested in doing anything to help those he professes to have concerns for, but then again, he never did. He wants his 15 seconds of fame.

  2. Could you imagine a black reporter suddenly deciding to editorialize about white people in the middle of a news segment? Somehow I doubt FOX news would rush to his defense when the general public lost their minds over it.

  3. A WASP dominated prejudiced society has set up the social order to undermine Black Families never making Blacks equal. Holding them to less education and less jobs held a large number of Blacks down. Every race that came to these shores was held back by the KKK and their supporters it didn’t matter if you were Irish, Italian, or whatever if you were not from the south or a Yankee they hated and discriminated against you and your family.
    This prejudice spread into law enforcement for the obvious reason that this prejudice society wants to be in command by controlling law enforcement. All the poor and desperate communities of any nationality will do whatever it takes in order for their families to survive. Therefore knowing this Law Enforcement of every state targets the poor and the poor of any nationality know Police first and foremost are prejudice against them. The police overall are an enemy not a help to society. There is no kind; compassionate, understanding individuals working within any Law Enforcement department today. What you have are men and women that are trained to be scared and suspicious of everyone. They do not have the courage to walk down the street in pairs unarmed. If you understand reality at all you know that you have to “play” the police by answering “yes officer, no officer” and leave, but you definitely do not have to respect anyone in law enforcement. The attitude you have toward Law Enforcement changes with how much money you have and the environment you live in. The more money you have the more respect the Police have for you.

  4. Isn’t this what msm does? Enforce racist stereotypes especially in regard to marginalized people of color. It’s just business as usual in my opinion. This is what they do.

  5. hmmm I wonder what he thinks about all these white killers that had a father in their life but decided to go shoot up a school or shoot up random people. Oh no it’s not parenting it’s mental illness or affluenza, oh yes start making up random terms to describe it, do everything but criticize the parents. Yeah sure blame the anti cop mentality on fatherless kids, yep that has to be it, it can’t be police brutality, or police not doing their job when it comes to black communities. nope it can’t be racial profiling, it can’t be seeing or knowing someone that got harassed by police, it can’t be bad experiences you’ve had with the police. Nope it has to do with lack of fathers. having a father does not prevent police brutality. yep because apparently the police are only dealing with people that don’t have fathers.

    Even if everyone did have a father in their life there would still be police brutality, oh yes forget the fact that there are fathers that are killed by the police and that has an affect and makes people distrustful of the police. No what he means is he’d rather see black males gunned down by police than see the black males fighting against the corrupt police. Nope better a negro be dead than a crooked cop. better a black person be killed by a cop than the other way around regardless even if they are innocent.

    1. Exactly! This is why his comments were just blatant and stupid racism. Do you know how many White killers there are worldwide? Not to mention the kind of sh** White people get up to when they’re in a mob? Didn’t they all have fathers?

      There’s simply no correlation between crime and fatherlessness? This is just another White man vilifying Black women for having sex outside of mariage, which seems to be the Big White Male bugaboo of the past 30 years. As if Black women had invented wedlock. Its just another backhanded slap against Black mothers to say we’re no good at parenting our children.

      1. In the latest Hidden Colors 3 documentary, there is a segment on how America feels about Black women and children and the usage of the “Black children have no fathers in the home, therefore the violence” meme that the lamestream media promotes. Someone in the documentary said, “This is a country that loves women, motherhood and babies. Just not Black women, Black motherhood, or Black babies.”

  6. You say that again, MsTooGood! Just the fact that the this azzhat had the nerve to even pretend like he doesn’t know about the horrific history between Blacks (and other POC) and the popo’s is enough for me to want to kick him hard in the shins!

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