Something isn't quite right about the narrative being pushed by the mainstream media of the dramatic increase of alleged "anti-Asian" violence around the U.S. – so says a spokesperson with a conservative black network.
When 21-year-old Robert Long allegedly killed eight people in the Atlanta area on March 16, the media immediately trumpeted that the shootings at three massage parlors were racially motivated because six of the victims were Asian and he is white. Despite every official source saying there was very likely a completely unrelated motive behind the tragedy, the media's narrative stuck. (See earlier related story)
Since those shootings, at least two brutal and unprovoked beatings of Asians have occurred in New York City – with no mention of the race of the attackers. Marie Fischer of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network says that's because the attackers were black.
"It doesn't fit the narrative that they're perpetuating right now," she tells One News Now, "because … they're trying to make everything seem like it's white supremacy when it's not."
One News Now looked at about half a dozen mainstream news reports of the NYC attacks – and the words "black" or "African-American" did not appear even once; yet every story about the Atlanta shootings identified the shooter as white.
Fisher suggests the press should focus on the one characteristic that all the attackers have in common. "It wasn't an Asian narrative – we're not addressing the mental health issue that's going on in this country," she argues. "A lot of these [supposed] 'hate crimes' are not hate crimes. They're just [committed by] people who are mentally unstable."
She identifies mental health as the unnamed co-conspirator in thousands of crimes in the U.S., and other social ills such as homelessness and drug abuse.
"There's still a whole slew of people who see mental health as a sign of weakness. They see it as someone who's crazy or they look down upon them; it's such a stigma," says Fisher. "But when you look at all the pressures around society – like the pandemic and lockdowns – you're going to have more and more mental health issues."
In a recent article published by The Hill, Fisher argues the media pushes a similar narrative when reporting on anti-Semitism. Relaying on the mainstream media, she says, one would think that white supremacists are the primary culprits responsible for anti-Semitism – when, in fact, it has existed for centuries.
"Anti-Semitism appears to be more acceptable and forgivable when the offender is not white, likely because the 'white supremacy' narrative can't be furthered," she writes.