Monday, August 6, 2007

News or racism?

I just saw a headline on AOL which said, "4 Students Killed Execution Style". Underneath, there was a sub-headline which said "Victims had no criminal history". There was a photo of the young people killed, all were black.

I wonder if it had been 4 white kids shot, if AOL would have had the sub-headline about their criminal history. I doubt it, white kids never commit crimes (that's sarcasm).

Why must we clarify that these were "good" black kids? Would it have been ok to murder them if the kids did have a criminal record?

Things like this make me mad. Journalists should know better.

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