Two Words Missing From This Headline
Black…and gay. The headline is “Rapist Preys on Men in Houston Area.”
Rapist Preys on Men in Houston Area
Dec 18, 5:32 PM EST
By JOE STINEBAKER
Associated Press Writer
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HOUSTON (AP) — A rapist who preys on young men has struck five times in the Houston area since mid-September, and police said Monday there may be even more victims, but they are too ashamed to come forward.
The AP manages to come up with description of the rapist, “a clean-shaven black man, 18 to 21 years old, 5-foot-6 to 6 feet tall, with a shaved head,” but they don`t want to tell us what race his victims are:“The victims have all been men in their late teens.” And of course it`s not in the headline–blacks and gays are both Media Protected Classes.
If there`s one thing the Duke Rape Case shows, it`s that race is a newsworthy factor and matters to the public in cases like this.