Shame, Sanity, And Boredom Finally Triumph In Omar Thornton Story


The highlight of press coverage of Omar Thornton`s racist rampage a week ago Tuesday was this AP non-story from 3.5 days later desperately trying to keep alive the white-racism-is-to-blame paint-by-numbers storyline, “Cops mum on probe of Conn. shooter`s racism claim,” which frantically concluded:

Messages seeking comment about a potential investigation into Thornton`s racism claims were left Friday for the Hartford State`s Attorney`s Office, the FBI`s New Haven office, the chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and for the president of the Connecticut NAACP.

On the federal side, a spokesman for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the agency is barred by law from confirming or denying the existence of any discrimination investigation.

And the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which investigates whenever workplace fatalities occur, reviews compliance with federal workplace law, a spokesman said. Though it is investigating the shootings, OHSA`S jurisdiction is safety and health issues, not personnel issues, spokesman Edmund Fitzgerald said Friday.

Here it is, five days later, though, and everybody is still mum. It`s a conspiracy, I tell you! It goes right to the top.