On Wednesday, two race-based hate crimes stories broke. The first broke in Pennsylvania. The second broke in Chicago.
The story in Pennsylvania came courtesy of a 14-year-old white idiot racist who allegedly posted a Snapchat directed at a 16-year-old black student in which the white kid recorded the black kid eating chicken wings, and then called him the n-word and joked that he was on government assistance. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced charges: cyber harassment of a child and ethnic intimidation. He stated, “Harassment, whether it’s based or otherwise, is a crime.” The Snapchat became an issue because the 16-year-old black student attacked the white kid during a football game, drawing charges in juvenile court.
Then there’s the second story, from Chicago. In that story, four teenagers allegedly kidnapped and then tortured a developmentally disabled white man on tape, all the while shouting, “F*** Donald Trump, n*****! F*** white people, boy! F*** white people, boy!” Here was the Chicago Police Superintendant Eddie Johnson, explaining that the attack wasn’t politically motivated: “I think some of it is just stupidity, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline. I don’t think that at this point we have anything concrete to really point us in that direction, but we’ll keep investigating and we’ll let the facts guide us on how this concludes.”
So when a 14-year-old white kid drops the n-word, that’s not just stupidity, that’s racism. But when a black teenager screams “f*** white people” and “f*** Donald Trump” while actually torturing a white man, that’s not racism, that’s just stupidity.
And then people wonder why racial politics is so polarized.
The left has essentially declared that black people are incapable of racism, because racism requires power in order to be operative. But black-on-white crime is far more common than white-on-black crime, though media coverage would imply otherwise; in 2014, according to FBI data, blacks murdered whites 446 times, while whites killed blacks 187 times. And remember, black Americans represent approximately 13 percent of the population, while whites represent 62 percent of the population, which makes the statistics even more disproportionate.
Not all these murders were motivated by race, of course, but that’s true for blacks and whites. And the media choose to focus only on white racism, making Dylan Roof the official representative of white, Confederate-flag-flying America, while treating black-on-white hate crimes as unicorns.
If we’re truly going to stop racism, we have to fight it no matter the source. And that means that the media have an obligation to point out black-on-white racism with the same gusto with which they label whites racist.