Originally Posted by Jaycint
My response is that in general a story like this in the vast majority of the media (not the Post specifically) gets swept under the rug because it doesn't feed the angle that only white people show hatred based on race and commit crimes based on race.
Give me an example to support your opinion. Give me an example of when a major crime (a felony) based on race was commited and swept under the rug by the media.
I have given you an example of the opposite. On April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white investment banker was violently assaulted while jogging in New York City's Central Park. In addition to being raped, she was beaten near death— when found, she was suffering from deadly hypothermia and blood loss, and her skull had been fractured. The initial prognosis of her physicians was that she would die or remain in a permanent coma due to her injuries, but she recovered fully, with no memory of the event.
The crime provoked public outrage. Five teenaged suspects, all black, were identified as the assailants, tried, and convicted in 1990. Four of the men involved confessed to the crime, but later doubts involving possible coercion put those confessions into doubt. Nonetheless, the confessions were considered so damning that few doubted the men's guilt.
This was the major tabloid story in New York in the early nineties. For months not a day went by when the Post or the Daily News did not have blaring front page headlines about the attack, the arrests, and the trials.
However, in 2002, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes, serving a life sentence for other crimes but not, to that point, charged for this one, declared that he committed the assault, and that he acted alone. DNA evidence confirmed his participation in the crime. There had been no physical evidence to connect the other five boys to the crime and their convictions were based on their confessions. Based on Reyes's confession, a judge exonerated the five defendants in 2002, though four of them, having been tried as juveniles, received shorter prison sentences and had already been free at the time. In other words the five were framed.
Needless to say, the events in 2002, received only a minute fraction of the publicity that the 1989 story received, a fact that can be easily ascertained by a little internet searching. Indeed, I submit that while many Americans have heard of the Central Park Jogger, few realize that the convictions of her "assailants" were eventually overturned.
I have given you an example of a Hate crime that was not only not swept under the rug but was in fact one of the major news stories of the last decade. When it turned out the story was wrong, that story was swept under the rug. I also suggest you goole "the Scottsboro boys" for annother example. Give me an example proving your point.