Friday, January 05, 2007

Hate Crime, But Seemingly No Outrage

This story from the LA Weekly provides a very detailed look at the media response to the brutal beating of three women by a mob on Halloween night. The victims were white, the gang of more than three dozen accused attackers all black and hurling racial insults. The attack led to charges, including hate crime charges, against many of the alleged attackers. There was virtually no media coverage of the incident prior to the trial, which is in its fourth week.

The lack of coverage from the national media, and the lack of outrage from civil rights leaders, could lead one to think there are different levels of hate crime for different color people.