Why was the man who murdered former NFL player, Joe McKnight allowed to go home last night, even tho… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
According to the Daily Mail, a U.K. tabloid, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told reporters he was confident the suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was "not going anywhere. He has been completely cooperative."
The racial polemic against Sheriff Normand, who is White, arose when he dispelled a purported eyewitness account that suggested Gasser, who is also White, had stood over Joe McKnight, a Black man, yelling: “I told you don't you f*** with me” before firing again. According to Sheriff Normand, Gasser fired three rounds from the driver’s seat of his car. The sheriff also claims that there are no indications the shooting was a hate crime. “Everyone wants to make this about race. This is not about race.”
African Americans make up about 25% of Jefferson Parish’s population. Since Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Parish has attracted large numbers of migrant workers, exacerbating tensions in an area of New Orleans that, compared to the city proper, is suffering from its largest income gap since the 1980s.
Where income disparity, unemployment and natural disaster collide, racial tolerance can often be the first casualty. It is a nuanced reaction; there is no effused hatred, especially from those whose job is to uphold the law equally amongst the citizenry. Sadly, there often is no conscious recognition of a shift in one’s attitude. Thus the tenor of a situation distilling all the earmarks of racial bias to those beyond its periphery, is lost on those closest to it.