Mohamed Noor, fake news and the automatic outgroup derogation of men

The following are two direct quotes from the trial of Officer Mohamed Noor last week.

#1) “No one here is on trial for breaking police policy.” Judge Kathryn Quaintance.

Quote #1 is out of context, directionally true and would be a funny joke if it wasn’t too dark and too true.

#2) “I know she wasn’t a threat.” Officer Noor’s partner, Matthew Harrity.

Quote #2 is out of context, 100% fake news, and is what the Minnesota public is being led to believe was reality in the courtroom. I know it’s not, because I’ve been there, I’ve been watching this case since before it happened. Let me explain.

Five weeks before Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed, I began a five part series analyzing a specific bias and blind spot in empathy toward men and the moral taboos about men discussing men’s issues.

The articles were written to be bizarre, clever, naughty, recognizable and/or cute, to make taboo subjects easier to digest and hopefully more persuasive.  By looking at men’s issues through a “Minnesota Nice” filter, I could easily guarantee them to be bizarre and mean. Minnesota Nice is a code for a certain type of conflict-averse, post-modern-neo-marxist gynocentrism. It’s the bizarre language of Ilhan Omar, Al Franken, Garrison Keillor, and Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam.

Grossness as a human value indicator,” is about male devaluation. “A weak case for the humanity of men,” is about the stereotypes that men are automatically subjected to, and “Oh, fuck. We’re doomed and only women can save the day” is about how even men don’t want to hear men talk about about men’s issues.

The week of my first article, Jeronimo Yanez had been cleared of all charges in shooting Philando Castile live on facebook, and an anthropology professor made classic textbook derogatory statements about Otto Warmbier.  I compared Castile to Warmbier.

The week of the fifth and final article in the series, Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot dead by Officer Mohamed Noor. I compared Castile to Damond in a stream of consciousness article that was decidedly not Minnesota Nice.  I wrote and cried and puked and wrote and puked and cried some more. I ended that article begging my readers to pay attention to the trial of Mohamed Noor to ensure he gets a fair, public trial.

Now here we are, and nothing like that is happening. I know, because I’m there every day and it all seems too weird to even be real.

Judge Quaintance, literally a former actress, chastised defense attorney Plunkett for being an “older man intimidating younger women” in open court, for asking prospective jurors about their understanding of the presumption of innocence because they couldn’t get their heads around it.

The testimony has been even more bizarre than jury selection.

The first officer on the scene, nicknamed “Ringer”, shot and killed Minneapolis resident Jamar Clark in 2015, which resulted in a week of riots. The incident commander ordered Noor’s vehicle washed, detailed, and put back into service without any forensics. Her commander is famous for the “magically appearing gun evidence trick” in the 90’s, after shooting a guy in the back, and the police chief testified that he’d never heard any concerns of police ambushes before testifying in court.

If that isn’t surreal enough, the MN District Attorney became the President of the National District Attorney’s Association one week after the shooting.  He was literally caught on camera last year, saying he was going to bring charges against Noor, a Muslim, as a Christmas present.

I couldn’t make this up if I tried, and if I did, no one would want to read it. The fake-news media seems to be working as the propaganda arm of the police, and framing Noor as a stereotypical perpetrator of harm.

I’ve answered over 1,000 reader comments at AVFM and have never once asked anyone to share an article.

I’d really like to get Scott Adams’ attention on this case.  Adams is well-versed in perception, bias, and stereotypes, and is a leading expert on persuasion and influence.  His Whenhub account lists him as a writing consultant, and I’d love to get his advice on how to draw attention to this case and counteract the fake news.

He’s also very good at predicting things, and I’d like to hear his predictions about how the population of Minnesota, 100,000 of which are Somali and know this is a show trial, may respond to this situation.

It would mean the world to me if you could help me get this article on his radar by tweeting this to him ( so he might weigh in with his opinion on this, before people have their opinions assigned by Fox and CNN once this trial is over.



Other articles by Jewel Eldora:

Article #1 – Otto Warmbier, Philando Castile and the Outgroup Derogation of Men
Article #2 – Grossness as a Human Value Indicator
Article #3 – A Weak Case for the Humanity of Men
Article #4 – Oh Fuck; We’re Doomed and Only Women Can Save the Day
Article #5 – Philando Castile, Justine Damond, and the In-Group Bias Toward Woman

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