Washington Post's front-page profile of Diamond 'Lavish' Reynolds covers up the truth
Nowhere in Pulitzer Prize-winning Eli Saslow's Sunday article on Diamond Reynolds, the Minnesota woman who livestreamed her boyfriend's shooting during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016, does Saslow mention a YouTube video Reynolds posted on July 4, two days before Philando Castile died.
The 9-minute film shows Castile and Reynolds smoking pot, numerous crotch shots, and foul air filling the car – all with her 4-year-old daughter in the back seat. It's hard to watch.
After the July 6 shooting, Reynolds was praised by many officials and those in the media for remaining calm enough to film Castile's death while her child watched, again in the back seat. Saslow maintains the ruse, depicting Reynolds as a sympathetic figure trying to "move past 10 tragic moments of video."
Within hours after the shooting, Reynolds's video was everywhere. The next day, five innocent law enforcement officers were shot to death in Dallas. Black Lives Matter activists (including leader DeRay McKesson, who, coincidentally, used to work in Human Resources for Minneapolis Schools until 2015, while Castile was employed by St. Paul Schools), the DOJ, Al Sharpton, and President Obama all weighed in, creating a firestorm that led to the slaughter of three more police officers the following week in Baton Rouge.
Just like Dorian Johnson, who made up the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" lie, Reynolds's version of events was accepted prior to investigation. This fueled the rage that resulted in a lot of bloodshed. But you won't see that in Saslow's article. He spins Reynolds from a potential Child Protective Services case into a doting mother.
Here Saslow describes Diamond's frugality and concern for the 4-year-old (Dae'Anna)'s future:
For the first time in her life, she had access to some money: $60,000 from an online fundraiser that a friend had started for her and Dae'Anna, but she was reluctant to even touch it[.] ...
She had been using food stamps and trying to spend as little as possible until Dae'Anna would start school and she could go back to work.
Sixty grand and she's using food stamps? Where's the story on this? Ironically, Saslow won his Pulitzer for a series on food stamps in America. Did he include fraud and abuse in this prizewinning exposé?
Predictably, lost in the dead zone of white liberal guilt, Saslow does not focus on American taxpayers' hard-earned money funding Reynolds's dope smoking, immoral lifestyle, and child neglect. According to the reporter, she's a victim of the system, and so is her daughter. It's the cops' fault she likes pot and sexing it up in front of her child.
In this next excerpt, Diamond is suddenly concerned with what Dae'Anna witnessed from the back seat during the police encounter on July 6. Incidentally, that video reveals more bad parenting. Instead of shielding and distracting her daughter that day, as any normal mother would when a traumatic event has taken place, Diamond ignores the little girl and never asks if she is okay. She continues to film and talk throughout the incident in a calm and composed, almost contrived manner.
Saslow's touching depiction of Reynolds's motherly connection to her child after the shooting video raises the question: where was Reynolds's maternal concern when Dae'Anna was in the back seat getting high from inhaling second-hand weed smoke on July 4?
From the Washington Post:
They had barely discussed the shooting since that day — not with each other and not with a professional — and Diamond thought maybe that was for the best.
But she had gone back over her Facebook video in an attempt to understand exactly what Dae'Anna had witnessed from the back seat, expecting to be unnerved by her daughter's screams. Instead, for the first four minutes of video, Dae'Anna had said nothing, and so Diamond began to wonder: How was that possible? How could anyone, much less a 4-year-old, keep quiet during those four minutes?
… Dae'Anna had brought up Castile's name only a few times since the shooting[.] … Once, a few weeks after Castile's death, Diamond had overheard Dae'Anna playing with the action figures and saying something to them about how policemen shoot to kill.
She had thought about going in to explain what it meant to be poor and black in Minnesota, but how could she tell a 4-year-old a story with no moral and no solution — a story with no apparent end?
Eli Saslow, a father of three living in Portland, Oregon, is not doing the black community or Reynolds any favors with this propaganda. In fact, he is part of the problem. Why not run a piece on any one of the millions of black mothers and fathers doing the right thing, regardless of their circumstances? Why continue to define deviancy down?
Saslow fails to articulate that being "poor and black" anywhere is not an excuse to engage in illegal activities in front of your child. And burdening taxpayers with food costs while buying dope and hooking up with absentee sperm donors has nothing to do with bad cops.
To top it off, Saslow, like all good liberals, conveniently leaves the "story" open-ended. There is "no solution," he writes. How fortunate for him and his future earnings.
Mr. Saslow's self-serving contention aside, there is a moral and a solution to Reynolds's and little Dae'Anna's plight. A lot of black and white women I know already get it.
Honor yourself, set a good example, and raise your children to be responsible, accountable, and respectful. Women, stop whoring around; men, stop spreading your seed from female to female with no regard to the babies you are creating. Stop blaming, whining, and crying that it's society's fault. Give children a stable family home, and maybe we can fix the majority of problems plaguing our inner cities and our nation, including community-police relations.