A CBS affiliate in Chicago is under major scruitiny after a soundbite from a 4-year-old recorded after a local shooting was edited to make him look like a wilful future thug.

For those who cannot view the video, the little boy is asked if he is afraid of the violence in his neighborhood and if he will stay away from guns when he grows up. He replies confidently “No, cause I’ma have ME a gun”; the anchor says “That is very scary, indeed.”  However, the unedited version of the video shows that when the child was asked why he’d have a gun, he informed the reporter that he wanted to be a police officer when he grows up. The revelation is followed up by a soundbite from NAACP President Ben Jealous, who criticizes the bad journalism and questions whether the child’s parents were aware of how their son was used.

Welcome to Post-Racial America, folks!

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32 Comments

  1. msbrooklynqueen

    that is sad

  2. dvine

    i don’t see how this journalist can sleep at night.. they shouldn’t be allowed to speak to children unless the parent is there to give consent..

  3. Somebody

    Why is this necessarily racist?
    If it was an asian, hispanic or white child would you jump on that bandwagon as well? Or just bad journalism?

    You think this is the first time this has happened to anybody? Or is this an issue only because it’s a black child?

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