Friday Follow: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Pepper Spray

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tumblr Image of pepper sprary incident.

On Thanksgiving week, the big stories were the consumer's holiday shopping start-up — Black Friday, of course. The turkey was barely cold this year before family members were out the door to hit the box stores for the biggest deals of the season. In Washington, the debt committee was the most expected failure all year. And pepper spray went from a crime deterrent to an Internet meme.

This week's panel includes Jeff Yang, writer of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It’s a Free Country; Farai Chideya, journalist and blogger at; and, special guest Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and host of Star Talk Radio.

Comments [1]


Didn't the protesters at Davis surround the police in a human chain after arresting a suspect and they refused to let the police out without a physical confrontation?
Were not the protesters notified that they would be subject to physical force if they did not stop breaking the law by blocking the access of the police? Is pepper spray more effective and less harmful than a night stick if the police wanted to resist being held hostage to a mob? Is it freedom of speech to break the law and in essence prevent the police from doing their duty by blocking their access?
Is a physical confrontation exactly what the protesters were looking for and what they received?
Did the liberal Democrats who run Davis and Seattle, Oakland, Portland and other cities put their police in an impossible position and then abandon them when biased media pressure is applied?

Why are a group of intellectuals here unaware of any of these developments before they pontificate?

Nov. 25 2011 09:07 AM

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