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'Bored' teenagers gun down college ballplayer, Oklahoma cops say

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TheRed    17,979

Not speaking for him of course, but I think his point is not that the kids were black, but that the media goes out of their way to not mention race in a case like this, but it's the first thing that's mentioned when it is reversed.

imo it's all about what the news media can stir up and cause ratings with.

The race of these 3 kids has zero bearing on this. At least not to me... it doesn't sound like it was any kind of racially motivated incident or anything like that... just three dumbass punk kids who thought it would be cool to kill someone.

Tell me what you think the media would be saying if a gang of three white kids in Oklahoma (or NC or SC or anywhere) hunted down a black kid walking/running down the road minding his own business and shot him in the back, killing him ... just for fun.

I just came across this story today.

Didn't know about the race of the attackers until I saw the comments section littered with white people screaming about a double standard. If the most someone can take away from this is paranoia toward whites. Well...

This tragedy makes me sick to my stomach.

Unfortunately as can be observed online, the vicious cycle of intolerance from all of humanity will always continue.

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Darth Biscuit    12,499

I just came across this story today.

Didn't know about the race of the attackers until I saw the comments section littered with white people screaming about a double standard. If the most someone can take away from this is paranoia toward whites. Well...

This tragedy makes me sick to my stomach.

Unfortunately as can be observed online, the vicious cycle of intolerance from all of humanity will always continue.

 

But isn't that the point...

 

 

It is a horrible thing and the race of the attackers is completely irrelevant... until the media decides that they need to stir up some controversy...

 

The life of this promising young man is gone and the three lives of these stupid young boys are ruined as well.  All for what?

 

 

As for internet comments on news stories... well...  you know what you're getting there... half trolls and half the dregs of society.

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Panthers_Lover    361

I just came across this story today.

Didn't know about the race of the attackers until I saw the comments section littered with white people screaming about a double standard. If the most someone can take away from this is paranoia toward whites. Well...

This tragedy makes me sick to my stomach.

Unfortunately as can be observed online, the vicious cycle of intolerance from all of humanity will always continue.

 

That "paranoia" isn't what I'm taking away from it ... it is a tragedy, pure and simple, as you say. It's how I felt as well, even before I knew the races of those involved and now regardless of those races.

 

My point is how the media plays it ... or doesn't play it ... and how you think they would play it if the races were reversed. My beef is with the media (and other high-profile people).

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NanuqoftheNorth    7,811

Did race potentially play a role in the Trayvon Martin Killing?  Let's see.

 

The previous break-ins in the community were attributed to young black males.

 

Trayvon Martin met the profile.

 

The town in which the Martin killing took place in had a history of racism. 

 

The police were quick to release George Zimmerman, giving the appearance to some observers of racial bias.

 

 

Did race play a factor in this latest killing?  Perhaps.

 

If it did, I am sure we will hearing more about it.

 

 

 

 

 

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TheRed    17,979

Back to the OP referencing Martin and Zimmerman. Talk to me when the deceased victim in this case is aggressively vilified and scrutinized by a large number of Americans for minding his own business in his neighborhood.

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jtnc    3,667

Disgusting behavior by these thugs, these are the type of African-Americans I'm so fuging ashamed of, the ones that paint a bad image for all the rest of us. 

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PhillyB    40,346

the alternative:

 

"black teenagers gun down college ballplayer"

 

do none of you see how that looks really douchey as a news report

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g5jamz    1,111

the alternative:

 

"black teenagers gun down college ballplayer"

 

do none of you see how that looks really douchey as a news report

 

Almost as bad as "white hispanic" while doctoring 911 tapes and pixelating police camera videos.

 

By the way...the two issues have nothing to do with one another, but bias through omission is still bias. 

 

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Cat    3,780

I read they can't identify them because they are all 3 under 18. So maybe it's a legal thing not what's being suggested. 

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Panthers_Lover    361

I read they can't identify them because they are all 3 under 18. So maybe it's a legal thing not what's being suggested. 

 

They've already been identified, and photos have been posted to news sites.

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NanuqoftheNorth    7,811

The public reaction to George Zimmerman had much to do with the question of his credibility.

 

These three have no credibility issues, because they have already admitted to murdering someone due to boredom.

 

Their racial motivations may be an additional issue worth consider in sentencing, but there is little doubt these three will be spending decades behind bars.

 

 

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PhillyB    40,346

Almost as bad as "white hispanic" while doctoring 911 tapes and pixelating police camera videos.

 

By the way...the two issues have nothing to do with one another, but bias through omission is still bias. 

 

 

in this case whiteness is social and cultural, not racial; it ties into notions of white privilege and why zimmerman was allowed to leave the scene of the crime that night. also power structures and historical context are why a white authority figure murdering a black kid make bigger news. the lives lost are worth the same, but the added social evil of prejudice is what puts cases like Z vs. T over the top in news and media.

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Cat    3,780

They've already been identified, and photos have been posted to news sites.

 

I'm not seeing them on American sites.

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