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Not Reporting Race
From: A Connecticut Reader [Email him]
Two Canadian women were stabbed to death Monday by this woman, Antoinette Pelzer:
Power Play on Fox News Has this story:
Michael Brendan Dougherty Thinks We're Either "Race-Obsessed" Or "Racist"—Actually, Unlike Him, We're Fact Obsessed
Michael Brendan Dougherty, formerly of the American Conservative and now of BusinessInsider.com, is one of those people who are always waffling about whether to betray the conservative movement or be betrayed by it. [Dear Conservative Movement: Stop Ruining My Life, by Michael Brendan Dougherty, | January 21st, 2010]
The purpose of a headline is to let someone who hasn't read the story, and may not ever read the story, have some idea of what's in it. That way they can decide whether or not to read it.
I'll give the you the first couple of paragraphs of a story of a hate crime, and then show you the headline:
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A white man said he was beaten by a group of African-American youths who used racially derogatory terms during the assault.
In Afghanistan, an American Army sergeant apparently shot a number of Afghan civilians in one of these mass murder shootings, similar to the Virginia Tech Massacre, or what we’ve been calling “Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome.” [Army sergeant kills 16 Afghan villagers, AP, March 12, 2012] It might more properly be compared to the My Lai killings, or <</p>
The Kansas City anti-white hate crime described by Anonymous Attorney below is also discussed by Lawrence Auster at View From The Right, where he says
"It was so bad that the liberal New York Daily News, in an unheard of gesture of journalistic honesty, gives the race of the perpetrators and the victim in the third sentence of the article."
A horrific story blowing up across the Internet is that of a white teenager doused with gasoline and set aflame by two black teenagers.
Boy's mother says she was told it was a hate crime
It's only in the last paragraph, where I've added two kinds of emphasis, that you find that Charles Ann isn't in any rational sense a "New Jersey man"--he's an exchange student, which means that he's not even an immigrant, but a visitor for Korea. Presumably, he was planning to return to Korea at the end of his studies, a plan which may be delayed by about 20 years or so.
Amine El Khalifi is an Arab illegal immigrant accused of attempting to commit a suicide bombing. He’s a Moroccan, a Muslim (an “Islamic fundamentalist” or “Islamist” if you think there’s a difference) and he’s a visa overstayer. He’s also a problem for headline writers, because you must never say that an immigrant or an Arab is accused of something wrong—that would be pandering to normal people with normal instincts.