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Another day, another unprovoked attack on an elderly white man or woman by a young, black suspect. Incidents like this have been happening fairly frequently — and sometimes lead to death for the victims — but rarely receive the media scrutiny they deserve.

The latest incident happened in Chicago, where a young, black suspect was captured by surveillance cameras on July 23rd attacking and knocking over an elderly white custodian for the apparent crime of looking at him?


When the yet-unidentified suspect saw the custodian briefly turn his gaze toward him, he pounced with a direct hit to the victim’s face.

These sorts of incidents receive virtually zero coverage, while the victims benefit from virtually zero sympathy, as the media seem to have a vested interest in always portraying blacks as victims of an allegedly racist system.

Below are a couple of examples of this bias:

Whenever a crime involves a white perpetrator and a black victim, the media have no qualms about highlighting both the story and the races involved.

But when the crime involves a white victim and a black perpetrator, the media either ignore the story altogether — much as they initially did with the murder of white, 5-year-old North Carolina boy Cannon Hinnant — or, if they finally cover it, they make sure to avoid highlighting the races of the people involved.

It’s a disturbing bias that doesn’t emanate racial equality but rather racial inequality and superiority. It’s like the famous line from the allegorical novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

In their quest to emphasize the struggles, racism, discrimination, etc. faced by black Americans, the media invariably discount the struggles, racism, and discrimination faced by everybody else, particularly whites. (** Language Warning)

Adding to the problems is the perception that this bias has also infected the criminal justice system.

Case in point: Last year, two black teens attacked a 59-year-old white man, John Weed, after they asked him for $1 at Maryland’s Great Frederick Fair and he declined.

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The attack led to Weed’s death.

Now fast-forward to last week, when the older of the two suspects was sentenced to probation after charges of second-degree assault were dropped. Meanwhile, the younger suspect had been sentenced in May to just time in juvenile detention after charges of manslaughter, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault were dropped.

These sentences were doled out despite prosecutors having argued that both teens deserved to be tried in the adult system.

Also, the judge in the case purposefully closed it off to the public, “saying that much about the case that would be discussed, especially regarding the teen’s past and other details, would be too sensitive to be shared in open court,” as reported by the Frederick News-Post.

The case provoked anger from those who suspect the “unjust” ruling was the result of a desire to reduce racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system:

The ruling comes as an increasing number of white men and women are being targeted with charges for the non-crime crime of defending their homes: here and here.

Apparently, reducing racial inequality means locking up fewer blacks but more whites? That doesn’t sound right, does it?


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