Last night, NBC's Law and Order tackled the issue of hate crimes against Asians the way most network television does...by blaming it on Covid and white supremacy.
In the episode, "Camouflage," on Thursday, October 6, a mass murderer shoots Asians in a New York City subway station. It turns out the shooter is a former transit worker who is part of a white supremacist group. He looks more like a villain from a Babylon Bee satire video.
In court, one of the survivors of the attack blames anti-Asian hate on Covid and "lies being perpetuated about its origins." The witness tells Assistant District Attorney Nolan Price (Hugh Dancy), "This is what it's like to live in America these days."
Price: Do you believe you were targeted because of your race?
Defense Attorney: Objection. Relevance.
Judge: Overruled. The witness may answer.
Witness: He aimed his gun at the Asian people. He moved past people who looked white, and he shot at anybody who appeared to be Asian. This is what it's like to live in America these days.
Price: What do you mean by that?
Witness: I was born in this country. Not that it should matter, but I've lived here my entire life. And I've seen hostility before, but not like this. Covid and the lies that are being perpetuated about its origins, it's unleashed a hate like I have never seen before.
There is a real problem in the United States with anti-Asian hate crimes, but it existed long before Covid's spread from communist China. Violence against Asians and other Americans grew with the election of Soros-funded DAs in blue cities and the success of the anti-police BLM movement.
Statistically, crimes against Asians are disproportionately committed by black offenders, yet Hollywood scriptwriters are reluctant to discuss this reality in their shows. White men, often working-class, are the go-to villains of television.
As awareness about Asian victims grew in recent years, Democrats naturally pivoted to blaming "white supremacy" and Trump's "racist" rhetoric about Covid. NBC's Law and Order always tows the Democratic party line.
Last week, Law and Order painted pro-lifers as violent murderers. This week it avoided an honest conversation about anti-Asian hate and the soft-on-crime policies that have led to a surge in violence in places like New York City.
Such dishonesty makes for boring and predictable television.