The civil unrest over the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has raised a host of unanswerable questions. How can an African American President be so utterly dismissive of the plight of African Americans? What reason, aside from government-condoned media censorship, would the FCC have for banning low-flying planes from the town’s airspace? Why are American citizens most afraid of the very people who are supposed to protect them? Why are journalists in Ferguson being arrested? Why are police officers in St. Louis outfitted like a paramilitary force invading Fallujah? Especially in the age of austerity measures? Like, couldn’t the taxpayer money spent on tanks and tear gas launchers and night vision Oculus Rifts instead be spent on, let’s say, schools? To these questions, there are no answers. They are but a few more threads in the endless tapestry of hypocrisy that has become the American reality. However, the most daunting question to emerge from Ferguson has to be, without a doubt, whether or not Oxford-educated statistician Nate Silver is a socially tone deaf tool bag. Thankfully, Mr. Silver addressed the question more than adequately last night on Twitter. Here are his thoughts on the situation, which should fully answer the question, Is Nate Silver a socially tone deaf tool bag?
Nate Silver? Arrested?! The genius Nate Silver who, like a genius, predicted Mitt Romney wouldn’t be elected President of the United States? Arrested?!? Go on…
That is very unusual for Elysium. What happened when you stopped to watch, Nate?
What a bunch of tool bags!
I’m sure an African American would have received identical, “pretty rough” treatment.
There are those once-in-a-generation deductive reasoning skills.
Cops who arrest you for absolutely no reason are the best!
Not funny. Still frightening. Cops do have a legal monopoly on force. A cop murdered an unarmed teenager. The cop will receive no punishment. The unarmed teenager will remain dead forever. It’s a lot to process, so thank god we have white multi-millionaires to make sense of the situation for us on Twitter. Congratulations, Nate Silver, you are officially a socially tone deaf tool bag!