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Big Media Shrugs at Black-on-White Hate Crime by People Shouting “F**k Donald Trump! F**k White People!”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:00 am

As you have likely heard (and I covered in more detail in this post), Chicago police have arrested four black people in connection with a racially motivated attack on a special needs white man. The attackers taped the man’s mouth shut, kicked and struck him, cut his scalp with a knife, and yelled “F**k Donald Trump! F**k white people!” They taped the torture and broadcast it live on Facebook.

As I predicted in my post last night, today Big Media is collectively shrugging its shoulders at the incident. Here is the Associated Press:

Chicago police don’t believe a man beaten in an assault broadcast live on Facebook was targeted because he was white despite profanities made by the accused assailants about white people and President-elect Donald Trump, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Charges are expected soon against four black suspects, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press. He acknowledged that the suspects made “terrible racist statements” during the assault, but that investigators believe the victim was targeted because he has “special needs,” not because of his race.

Guglielmi said it’s possible the suspects were trying to extort something from the victim’s family. Investigators said the victim was with his attackers, including one who was a classmate, for up to 48 hours, and the attack left him traumatized.

The video shows the victim with his mouth taped shut slumped in a corner as at least two assailants cut off his sweatshirt with a knife, as others taunt him off camera. The video shows a bloody wound on the top of the man’s head, and one person pushing the man’s head with his or her foot. A red band also appears to be around the victim’s hands.

Off-camera, people can be heard using profanities about “white people” and Trump. At least one woman is shown in the video.

I would like you to imagine a situation in which Hillary Clinton is elected. Four white people kidnap and torture a black special needs man while yelling “F**k Hillary Clinton! F**k black people!” The police then announce that race does not appear to be a motive in the crime.

A story like the above would not just include the reaction of black activists and leaders. It would make the reaction of racial grievance-mongers the entire focus on the article. There would be endless quotes about how the system ignores crimes against black people; about the protests planned for the next several days; and whether the Chicago police chief was going to resign.

The AP story above contains not one quote from any Trump voter, concerned professor, or “activist” of any stripe. It does not appear that they made any attempt even to contact such people.

The same is true of the Washington Post article on the incident, which takes eight paragraphs to get to the race of the victim and attackers:

Police declined to give the race of the attackers or the victim. In the video, the attackers appear black. The victim appears to be white.

Again, there are no outraged quotes from Trump voters, “experts,” or racial grievance industry types. (And, to be perfectly clear: I despise race-obsessed grievance mongers on both sides. My criticism is directed at the way these stories are normally handled when Big Media reports on white-on-black crimes . . . and the way that protocol suddenly changes when the situation is reversed.)

At least AP and the Washington Post bothered to report the story.

I could not find any story at the Los Angeles Times — although there does appear to be an article about what it means to be a Muslim in Donald Trump’s America. The articles at the New York Times Web site are all from the Associated Press or Reuters.

In other words: shrug.

There is zero chance you will see an outraged editorial in any of the top newspapers in the country mocking Chicago police for downplaying racial motives in a case where the attackers are shouting “F**k white people!”

They just don’t care.

The phenomenon of stories like this bubbling furiously at conservative Web sites while being largely ignored by Big Media feeds the (accurate) perception that reporters at major news outlets are out to spin events rather than cover the news. When Big Media types make a federal case out of every white Trump voter who is rude to someone on a airplane, while ignoring and/or downplaying actual hate crimes committed by racial minorities, it’s no wonder the American people don’t trust them.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

38 Responses to “Big Media Shrugs at Black-on-White Hate Crime by People Shouting “F**k Donald Trump! F**k White People!””

  1. It was all over the news this morning, if you want to call that shrugging, OK.

    Tillman (a95660)

  2. What makes the media’s blase response racist (rather than just tendentious) is that they honestly expect no better from the black community (i.e., it is the soft bigotry of low expectations, the SBOLE).

    melanerpes (1c7b03)

  3. Tillman, the only reason you saw the story is because you spent all morning trolling conservative blogs.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  4. it’s actually vastly worse and infinitely more hate crimey, evil, and sub-human to target someone cause of they are special needs than cause of they are white

    if you want my opinion

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. But it’s all good because O’Bama’s Social Security Administration just pulled guns from all recipients of SSI. Why? Mental defectives. Doesn’t this also count as discrimination based on disability (ADA anyone?) or disparate impact? Probably, but SSI recipients don’t have the resources to go to court to fight it. Cheers –

    agimarc (324b03)

  6. Was this an act of war?

    meghanscowarddaddyfeet (28a91b)

  7. Has anyone seen a case where a hate crime enhancement has ever been placed on a minority who attacked a white individual?

    NJRob (43d957)

  8. The NY Slimes mentions that there is the possibility of a “hate crime” but doesn’t mention the race of any of the individuals. For all they know, it’s business as usual.

    NJRob (43d957)

  9. The story was on page 21 of the New York Post today, taking up gpur pf the fove columns and about 2/3 of the page from top tp bottom, along with 3 pictures and a pciture caption. I didn’t see it anywhere else yet.

    It adds the following details:

    1. Police were made aware of the video on Tuesday afternoon, the same day the victim was found wandering the street near where the attack took place.

    2. The video was live streamed for 30 minutes.

    3. A piece of his scalp was cut off with a knife and this was broadcast live on Facebook.

    4. The victim was treated for cuts and burns.

    5. At one point in the video, the victim was urged to say: “I love black people.”

    6. At another point, the girl behind the camera (who also, I guess at a different point can be seen puffing a cigar and laughing) says: “My sister says this is not funny, y’all.”

    One of the suspects then replies: “S???, it’s funny to me. Tell Donald Trump it’s not funny.”

    7. Police say the victim knows at least one of his attackers from school and probably went to the location of the attack willingly. He is believed to be from Crystal Lake.

    8. Four suspects were taken into custody Wednesday, but no charges had been filed while police were questioning the suspects.

    9. Community activist Andrew Holmes (whoever he is) told the Chicago Sun Times that this is a hate crime because of what they said to him – saying he is with Trump and making him say “I love black people.” ansd he hopes this does not spark a racial backlash.

    10. A Chicago Police Department spokesman said the video is reprehensible.

    Sammy Finkelman (6c2cdd)

  10. Drudge says it’s a hate crime now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  11. and Facebook has issued a statement saying it will no longer publish black lives matter torture vids

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon!” — Barack Obama

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  13. Obama’s years have been to race relations what Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was to fire prevention.

    JVW (6e49ce)

  14. Pshaw! This story is just a distraction from the real issue: the alt-right.

    I read in the Times that alt-right websites are choc-a-block with similar videos, but with roles reversed.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  15. you have to remember though that the Anderson Cooper propaganda slut media learned a lot from school shootings about how to cover incidents in such a way as to encourage more of them

    i suspect that’s how they’ll wanna tackle this

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. Lawyer Elie Mystal said that blacks should jury nullify in cases where the victim is a white guy.

    Let’s get a quote from him on this case.

    NJRob (43d957)

  17. 9, wrt to your point #9, Holmes and others in his circles might be accepting of the 4 as hate crime suspects in order to get this other incident reclassified as a hate crime (which it should be, if indeed the N word was bandied about):

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  18. How ’bout a definition from Wikipedia?

    “Lynching is an extrajudicial punishment by an informal group.”

    This is, in fact, a fair description of the wave of killings taking place in Chicago and other big cities.

    ThOR (c9324e)

  19. CNN’s Don Lemon says this was not evil, and that the perpetrators merely had “bad home training.”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  20. It is official and they have names.

    Four teenagers face hate crime, aggravated kidnapping and other felony charges in connection with the torture and beating of a bound and gagged man in Chicago broadcast live on Facebook.

    The 18-year-old suspects — identified as Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington — were charged Thursday ahead of an afternoon bond hearing.

    elissa (2cbd96)

  21. lemon is a fruit

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  22. 18 and over you mean maybe?

    i read one was almost mid-20’s

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. Tanishia?
    Was that her intentional name, or was it a spelling error on her birth certificate!?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  24. Tesfaye?

    American public schools are not teaching basic spelling. And so someone ends up with a name like “Tesfaye.”

    Then again, Gwyneth Paltrow went to good schools yet she ended up naming her child “Apple.”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  25. Iowahawk:

    Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  26. Gwyneth can take selfies with her make-up on and also without any make-up at all

    either way she can do it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  27. The Huffington post reports this story but only to make clear that this group of racist bullies should not be confused with their favorite group of racist bullies.

    The Horrific Teen Beating In Chicago Has Nothing To Do With BLM

    papertiger (c8116c)

  28. the perpetrators merely had “bad home training.”

    Match that with the “very stupid” comment by police, walk it around the block with Child Protective Services jerking kids away from parents due to the kids getting what they deserved, take it to schools charged with finking out parents if Bobby has a boo-boo while prevented from applying corporal punishment to the “very stupid” incapable of learning without very strong negative reinforcement and this incident is an unsurprising outcome. It’s also rather minor in comparison to the daily murders by the same group of feral predators the Chicago Way produces in abundant numbers.year after year after year.

    The realization of the progressive dream matches up fairly closely with the reality of Rousseau’s Noble Savage in a true state of nature.

    Rick Ballard (bc0399)

  29. Its apparently an Ethiopian name, who knew.

    narciso (d1f714)

  30. McCain and Graham are trying to turn a successful phishing into thermonuclear war.

    Accurate journalism is being redefined as act of war by McCain.

    Then he goes out to give the WaPo reporters a bucket of mud to throw at the country.

    As bad as President BLM has been – {don’t make me say it John}

    papertiger (c8116c)

  31. Maverick and goose, or dumb and dummer

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. Dont insult Goose, a solid family man and underrated volleyball player cut down before his time.

    And Gwyneth needs to shave more often.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  33. @3. It’s been CNN’s top story since Lemon’s ear piercing.

    Still. kid beatings… and who’s the bigger hacks: Russia… or muppets McCain and Graham?

    The prescription for 2017: serenity now:

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  34. The Chicago Tribune website has several stories about the crime on its website, but they’ve locked out the comments.

    There are more than a few Tribune regulars who think the Trib wants to prevent the public from commenting that the perps’, ah, commentary on white people in general and Trump in particular, is quite similar to the Tribune’s daily vitriolic commentary on Trump. (The Trib actually took a swipe at Trump in the headline of a recent article on the comeback of the grizzly bear, for Pete’s sake.)

    Hasn’t anybody at the Trib ever heard of the fabled ‘Streisand effect’?

    MrJimm (ab3241)

  35. Is there any chance these “kids” were influenced by King Eccbert’s treatment of Ragnor Lothrock on Vikings?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  36. Perhaps the briefing officer that spills the coffee at the air traffic controller.

    narciso (d1f714)

  37. The only possible good that can come out of this – maybe we’ll see fewer idiotic Facebook Live commercials telling morons to document their whole lives.

    (“Are you outside for the first time EVER? Have a phone, take it out and record some inane claptrap because you’re part of the narcissism generation, and all your friends can get Participation Trophies for viewing it!”)

    rtrski (841768)

  38. As you have likely heard (and I covered in more detail in this post), Chicago police have arrested four black people in connection with a racially motivated attack on a special needs white man. The attackers taped the man’s mouth shut, kicked and struck him, cut his scalp with a knife, and yelled “F**k Donald Trump! F**k white people!”

    We’re on our own, Pat. Mostly.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

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