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  •  Wonderfully reasoned and expressed (7+ / 0-)

    I think this is a great diary.  

    I think this conversation is mostly avoided, and very complex.  here are, having said that, counter examples to be found in the media coverage of race, racial tension and how it manifests itself.

    The media is quick to sieze upon the Natalee Holloway stories, to be sure.  But it is sometimes quite queasy about honing in on other instances where race probably had something to do with a tragedy...I'm thinking of the Texas case from about 2 years ago where an eleven year old Mexican girl was repeatedly raped in an abandoned house by up to 20 Black men...one of whom snapped a photo of the child as she was engaging in a sex act and sent it to her father's cell phone.  The shocking nature of the crime of course garnered some initial press, but it quickly disappeared, I think, specifically because of the uncomfortable racial overtones of the incident.  Same as with the 15 year old girl in Richmond, California, who became tipsy at a school dance and was gang raped by a large group of mostly Hispanic kids over several hours, while onlookers stood by and gawked and shot videos on their cell phones.  

    Does the media mostly not pick up stories like this when the victim is a person of color?  Absolutely.  Does it also have a difficult time knowing how to process some events when race is most likely a strong factor, because the topic is so high voltage?  Yeah...sometimes it does.

    Do the readers comments to news articles such as this reveal just how wide the gulf is between racial groups in this country?  You betcha.  It makes for some ugly reading.

    There's not a lot of common ground, sadly...and still an abhorence to looking the issue in the face.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:23:22 PM PST

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