Archive for April 8, 2012
I didn’t intend to write another Trayvon Martin article. Really. Once I had the timeline done, I hadn’t planned on saying anything more.
But yesterday’s news about the shooting of five African-Americans by a Caucasian man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, led me to consider how often our news is cast from a racial perspective.
It didn’t take long after the Martin shooting became national news for the story to become focused on racism. And once a story becomes a “racism” story, particularly when it involves a (half) Caucasian shooter and an African-American with a bullet to the chest, it starts to take on shades of “Ku Klux Klan hangings” on one side, and shades of “Tawana Brawley hoax” on the other.
These caricatures become an insidious form of reductio ad absurdum. (more…)