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16 January 2007

The case has raised issues of race, sex and class

Media afficionados will immediately recognize those words from countless articles in the New York Times on the Duke rape hoax (not that they'll ever recognize it as such - I can just imagine the Times a year from now: "While most legal experts consider the allegations to be, in retrospect, unfounded, the case nevertheless raised important issues of..."). Here's some other samples: the case has touched historically tender nerves of race, sex and class...The case has drawn national attention to Duke and Durham while underscoring issues of class and race...pointing to underlying issues of race, class, sex and privilege. While I feel I know as much about the lacrosse case as the players' attorneys, I was completely unaware of a more recent, and far more disturbing, case that raised similar issues in my mind. But somehow, I must have missed the wall-to-wall saturation coverage in the media (rather ham-handed bit of sarcasm there, sorry).

I am speaking of the double murder in Knoxville a week ago. A young white couple (pictured here), while visiting friends, decided to go out and grab a bite to eat. The exact details of what happened next are not known at this time, but they were apparently car-jacked or set upon by two to four black men (pictured here - two might be mere accessories after the fact). The two were bound and dragged to a semi-occupied apartment. The young man was brought outside, beaten, executed, and his body set on fire near a railroad track. The young girl was not so lucky, allegedly being repeatedly raped over a couple days, then killed and her body stuffed into a trash can in the apartment.

If you search Google News on "Newsom Christian" (the surnames of the victims) you get a pathetic 77 hits (that's as of 8:07pm EST). "Knoxville double murder" brings an even sadder 24 hits. In contrast, googling the Times alone on "lacrosse race class sex" garners 26 hits. Googling the Times on "Duke lacrosse rape" fetches 368 hits! The Times of course has not deigned to cover this Kentucky case, presumably because it presents no issues of race and sex? Let's see - black street thugs kidnap, torture, rape, and murder a young, attractive, college-educated white couple - no, no interesting undercurrents of race, sex and class there!

In an otherwise unrelated post, Lawrence Auster writes about the Left's ever-more fervent attack on "Christian Theocracy". He ascribes it to Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society.
The First Law states that because of the modern liberal belief in the moral and substantive equality of all peoples and cultures, the worse any minority or non-Western group really is, the worse the West must be made to appear, as the guilty cause of the non-Western group’s bad or dysfunctional behavior, or as simply bad in itself.
So with the Duke rape hoax, even though the charges were obviously fabrications from the onset, the story had to be played out, with all its sub-context of "race, sex and class" as if it were real, because actual cases of brutal white-on-black rape simply can't be found. While there are about 15,000 black-on-white rapes each year, the opposite is statistically non-existent. Brutal murders present just as much of a problem. So if blacks are to be depicted as no worse than whites, the media (particularly the Times) must ignore black crime as much as possible while loudly trumpeting any white violence that may surface. The pickings are slim however, typically limited to some Howard Beach ruffians who might happen on some black kids wandering into their neighborhood (the last such involved a local known as "Fat Nick" beating up a would-be car thief with a baseball bat - no sex, no class, just race - hey, you take what you can get and you go with it). The last great opportunity was the James Byrd murder in 1998. Even though the killers were the embodiment of white-trash, and the crime universally condemned across the nation, the Times made every effort to cast its net as widely as possible, and Times columnist Bob Herbert wrote at the time that the murder "reflects [a] growing national problem of race hatred and other forms of prejudice and intolerance that has to be addressed".

It has to be addressed, indeed, but not in the way Mr. Herbert would like it to be addressed. Of course horrific black-on-white crimes are relatively rare, but how much less rare would they be if so many whites did not organize their lives around avoiding contact with African-Americans? And I wouldn't exactly call it exceedingly rare - just last year there was the Imette St. Guillen murder in NYC (which received alot of publicity since she was missing for a week) and the Harvey family slaughter in Richmond (that wasn't well publicized) that immediately come to mind. Yet white efforts to racially isolate themselves - all-white neighborhoods and schools, for example - is depicted in the media as irrational prejudice rather than as an understandable response to statistically valid fears.

But Bob Herbert - well, not just Bob, but the media, the educational establishment, the corporate culture - everyone who decides what is acceptable to say and not say - prefers that this racial discussion occur in one direction only. We can talk about Bull Connor, Medgar Evers,
George Wallace blocking the school door, busing riots in Boston, Rodney King, and recognize them all as unobstructed signposts along the road of hatred and oppression that has led us to this divided state; or we can talk about black illegitimacy, crime, or New Orleans as the outcomes of poverty and hopelessness, both inevitable products of racism. Even the stomach-churning scenes of the L.A. riots were aired with the drone of guilt-ridden commentary implicating inequality and despair as the real force behind the flying bricks. White racism, prejudice, isolation, and fear have no context - they are just evils that dwell in the white man's heart. And so fictional white crimes are more valid and important to discuss than actual crimes committed by Afrian-Americans (remember Willie Horton - it was the ad that was bad, not Willie and not the furlough).

Do I sound angry? I am fed up, is what I am. No more excuses - no more nonsense. Too bad there's little I can do but vent in this lonely corner of the blogosphere.

Nicholas Stix's Definitive Account of the Duke Rape Hoax

Dennis Dale - The R-word

See this 'gc' (the former blogger formerly known as 'Godless Capitalist') comment from which I nicked a few thoughts above and read the whole comment thread as well (and of course the original post).


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Who EXACTLY determines which stories get "picked up" and reported on by the newspaper chains (Gannett, etc) and the national television media?

That is what we have to find out in order to apply pressure to the proper places. If you knew whatever editor was responsible for the Knox murder NOT getting airtime, many of us could email him or her, or their superiors or threaten boycotts to pressure the media into reporting whats actually going on out there just like the NAACP would do.

This stories do not get ignored in a vaccum. I have no doubt if four white men in Knoxville carjacked a black couple going to Jack-in-the-Box at midnight, raping a killing the woman and beating the man to death and setting him on fire, that the entire national media plus the Reverend Jackson would be on TV for the next two weeks, and we both know it.

By the way Ziel, you are so right about "whites organizing their lives" to have as little contact with minorities as possible. This is yet another reason I hate this administration so much. Its as if they hate Joe Sixpack and want HIM to be the one who has to be the neighbors to folk that the establismnet can get away from with private security and gated communities (our future). I personally find it infuriating that Im afraid to go to many parts of town late at night when growing up in the seventies, only the projects were unsafe. Now, lots of places are.

January 17, 2007 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to issues of race, The New York Times is engaged in a strategy of cognitive evasion that will someday be studied in graduate psychology courses.

If you happened to read their article on the predominance of Asians at Berkley, the closest they ever came to openly addressing differences in Asian academic performance relative to other groups was to say that, "obviously," in Asian cultures, being a student was treated as the job of a child. That was their nearest approach to the "hot potato" in a FIVE PAGE article about the implications and sociological effects of rising Asian numbers at California's premier state university.

Similarly, the NY Times is is desperately struggling to maintain the worldview that black crime rates are almost completely a reflection of white oppression because . . . what if they aren't?

Too disturbing. Better to cling to the Sulzberger worldview.

Not to be a jerk (I hope), but you need to change "Kentucky double murder" to "Knoxville double murder" in your post.

Anybody can make a mistake.

January 17, 2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Could be the reason "Kentucky double murder" didn't come up with much on the Google is that Knoxville is in Tennessee.

January 17, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yes, Knoxville, not Kentucky, thanks. The actual search used Knoxville, but I inadvertently wrote the state name in the post.

January 17, 2007 6:43 PM  
Anonymous perroazul del norte said...

I notice in that gnxp thread the obnoxious little twerp Razib says of Jared Taylor(of Amren)that "taylor doesn't help. he confirms stereotypes". What stereotype(s) might he confirm? The urbane, multilingual, educated at Yale and Institut d'études politiques de Paris,international businessman Imperial Wizard?

January 17, 2007 11:00 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Well I think he has a point - Taylor does come off as rather pompous, and that's an immediate turn off for a lot of people. Also, since Taylor is a white nationalist, he disapproves of all brown immigration, I think it's understandable Razib would not be particularly enamored of him.

Taylor though certainly deserves a voice in the media as much as any other ethnic booster.

January 18, 2007 7:36 PM  
Anonymous perroazul del norte said...

I think you're right it about it being essentially a personal issue for little Razib.

January 18, 2007 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say these horrific black-on-white crimes are thankfully rare, and this is the cause of white people segregating themselves. How is segregation the key? How does it enable them to see that not all black people are violent/thieves/junkies whatever, without getting to see the reality for themselves. All that segregation achieves is an Us vs. Them mentality which can only make the problem worse by building barriers, when we should be trying to break them down.

January 19, 2007 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've lately been looking at real estate here in the Boston area with my gf, and I've come up against this sort of doublethink directly. The agents (and, unfortunatly, my gf - I love her but she is a bit of a bleeding heart lib) cluck about how Cambridge has "bad schools", as if the problem is that the home of Harvard and MIT just can't figure out how to run a proper school. Of course, they mean "The public schools are filled with blacks", but they have so assimilated the doublethink they would be outraged if someone actually came out and said it...

January 19, 2007 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most recent anonymous poster,

For many years, I lived in a multi race environment. Yes, I know that there are many fine black people and they are in no way all druggies, thieves and/or violent criminals. But living in a close to 50/50 situation, I began to realize that I was coping with problems I didn't necessarily have to deal with – a higher percentage of problematic people, trying to get useful work out of people who apparently either weren't capable of it or were more willing to make excuses rather than put the effort in, and, last but not least, the high crime rate. These were problems I, and most people, couldn’t solve. It just grew to be too onerous. So now I live in my little hill town with its low percentages of minorities. Did I eliminate the problems I mentioned? Of course not, but I minimized them considerably.

I have no desire to see African Americans banished from the country or unfairly denied opportunities. It’s merely a matter of not wishing to be involved with the problems that seem to accompany them. There’s little doubt in my mind most people who move to “whiter” climes are not racists; they just seek a better lifestyle.

January 19, 2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make that SECOND most recent Anon poster!

January 19, 2007 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How does it enable them to see that not all black people are violent/thieves/junkies whatever, without getting to see the reality for themselves. All that segregation achieves is an Us vs. Them mentality which can only make the problem worse by building barriers, when we should be trying to break them down."

Why is it that whites are the ones who always have to prove that they are not racist, bigots, etc... and take the first step improving race relations (whatever the hell that means)? Can't blacks get their own house in order and stop this kind of behavior? Blacks behave in some of the most savage, racist bahevior imaginable, yet they always get a pass for the press and elites in this country. It has been going on for years. The Duke case was a gift to the left in this country and the race hustlers too. Who cares if it isn't true. It has "raised issues."
Even our leftist betters won't live with blacks (think of Hilary Clinton or the owners and editors of the NYT for example), though the rest of us have to or else we are racists for not wanting to be stabbed, shot, raped, robbed, etc...
Last point. Buy a gun and know how to use it. Take a course from the NRA or whatever. If you can get a CC permit, do it. This goes double if you are a female. If you don't think you are going to be judged by your skin, think again. A little racism might save your life or somebody you care about.

January 23, 2007 10:24 AM  

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