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05 October 2005

And Speaking of Ethnic Crime...

The Google News Headline is intriguing: "Three charged in deaths of six immigrants in Georgia". The featured USA Today story explains
Authorities said they believe Sims and Underwood may have been part of an armed-robbery gang that preyed on immigrant workers, who often carry large sums of cash because they lack documents that some banks require to open accounts.
Hmmm. Surprised there's no "hate crime" angle here - American citizens preying on poor, defenseless immigrants - this is the type of story that would normally kick up a little controversy. Let's take a look at the next article in the list, from ABC News:
Three people were charged with murdering six immigrant farmworkers in a series of robberies by a gang wielding baseball bats and guns.
Wow, sounds more sensational yet - surely this calls for some serious collective self inspection, some national mea culpas over such atrocious treatment of our hardworking guests. But the article makes no such suggestion. Next article, from CNN, and more intrigue:
The attacks have sent a chill through south Georgia's large Hispanic community, which includes thousands of workers who harvest millions of dollars worth of crops each year.
Whoa - a "chill through the community" - those are hot words - surely some national disgrace must be involved here - but again, no indication of any "hate" angle or "anti-immigrant" animus as the root cause. Very curious. Let's check out the next article, from WXIA-TV Atlanta. Hmmm, same terrible tale of helpless immigrants being brutally preyed upon, but, again, oddly, no outrage, no alarming statements from the Southern Poverty Law Center, no immigrant groups condemning the climate of fear this story so plaintively illustrates - I mean, where is the outrage!?...Continued...oh wait, hold on, I see they have a picture of one of the suspects:

Never mind.





Blogger Dennis Dale said...

I saw that one coming a mile away.

October 07, 2005 1:14 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Well, yeah, I don't claim to be the world's most gifted ironist. Still, it's amazing how you have look through a number of different reports to find out the race of the attackers. The first clue was that the race wasn't mentioned, and so I knew they weren't white. The mug-shot is apparently the only acceptable way that the media can impart this kind of information.

October 07, 2005 8:19 AM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

Still some will see that picture, buried as it was, and think it's the product of a racist media perpetuating stereotypes. Someone alert Kanye West. It must be a real Bonfire of the Vanities moment in the newsroom when they do get their Great White Defendant.
Love the blog, keep on 'em.

October 07, 2005 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Based on my years there, if this had occurred in Cobb County, GA, there might have been no reporting of it at all. Black on Black, Black on Immigrant, Immigrant on Immigrant, it's all a positive in Cobb County. The only criticism would have been that the Immigrants weren't killed. If that occurred and the Blacks were then tried and executed it would be a real "win-win".

October 07, 2005 6:31 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Immigrants were killed - 6 of them. I doubt there are too many working class whites anywhere in the country who would be too disappointed in there being 6 less super-low wage immigrants around, but there are even less who would be willing to kill them, in Cobb County or anywhere. If there were some crackers in Cobb County who murdered 6 Mexicans, you can bet we'd all be hearing about it over and over and over again.

October 07, 2005 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Crackers might make it a news story but in this case, it's just "business as usual" in the low life, untouchable community.
Sorry I missed that they were killed. I should have known. You know how inherently good Blacks are at hitting the low slider.
Was that a wrong thing to say, Mr. Bennett?

October 07, 2005 7:22 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Hey, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Cobb County had a 2004 murder rate of only 2.8 per 100,000, vs. the statewide rate of 5.4. Sounds almost civilized!

October 07, 2005 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


October 07, 2005 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

It's all a matter of what's reported.....

October 07, 2005 10:40 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

It's all a matter of what's reported.....
Yeah, you'd think those murder victims would be a little more proactive and file a police report

October 08, 2005 12:42 AM  

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