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April 11, 2007

MSM: Black Criminals Need Not Apply

The Eternal Hunt For the Great White Perp:

Compare the attention given the Duke case with that accorded a far more heinous crime, one whose victims have thus far failed to arouse the sympathies or even the notice of those who found so much enjoyment in their condemnation of the lacrosse players. Chances are, unless you live in Tennessee, you will not recognize the names Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Christian, 21, and Newsome, 23, both of Knoxville, were driving through that city together on the night of January 6 when they were kidnapped and murdered. Newsome’s burned body was found along some railroad tracks on January 7. Christian remained missing for two more days until her body, stuffed in a trash can, was found in a home not far from where Newsome’s was found. Police and prosecutors allege both victims were raped before being killed. Yes, both. Three men and a woman have been charged with the crimes in a 46-count grand jury indictment handed down in Knoxville on January 31.

The story was given a few brief mentions on the AP wire, which were in turn carried on the Fox News and ABC News websites, but you’ll find no mention of the crime in the online archives of CNN, MSNBC, CBS News, the New York Times, or the Washington Post. Run a similar search for stories on the Duke case and you’ll be sifting through the results for hours. ... Yet the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome are known to almost no one outside Tennessee. Why?

It’s simple: the four suspects accused of killing Christian and Newsome are blacks from the inner city of Knoxville.

...

To even broach the topic of inner city crime is almost a social taboo, rather like discussing the bride’s old boyfriends at a wedding reception. But the figures, as they say, do not lie, and we do no one a service by trying to ignore them. Here in Los Angeles, for example, there were 481 murders investigated by the LAPD in 2006, but almost half of them occurred among the 18 percent of the city’s population living in South and South-Central L.A. These areas are almost exclusively black and Latino.

Eh, so a man and woman were both raped, murdered, and then burned to their bones.

No news there. No metanarrative that provides a teachable moment for the pale male hegemony.

Just black thugs doin' black-thug shit. Nothing to see here, folks. Move on.


I'm Watching Anderson Cooper... because I wanted more reaction to the Duke case.

Guess what? He barely covered it. He devoted the entire panel part of his show -- which is like 45 minutes of an hour broadcast -- to l'affaire Imus.

Which is really the bigger story here? Which really provides a starkly dramatic moment about race as it is lived and breathed in America?

You'd think that there wasn't, you know, a rather major and rather juicy story breaking today like a red dawn in Hell.

But of course Anderson Cooper focuses like a laser on the rather trivial Imus dust-up.

A great story needs a great villain. It wasn't a great black shark in Jaws, now was it?


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