Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Double Standards Are Fun

Remember James von Brunn? This was a huge story for weeks. It had all sorts of important lessons on tolerance and race to teach us[*]. How about the Gates affair? That also had much to tell us about intolerance and America, and a big chunk of the internet was reserved to tell us about it. That one is still in the news (albeit tenuously at this point).

How about this story? Is this the first you're hearing about it? Are you wondering how the story of a white mob kicking the living crap out of a black man never managed to make it into the same white-hot spotlight as the above incidents? Yeah, me too.

One theory: a black man protesting for a conservative cause doesn't rate the same handwringing over race. On second thought that couldn't be true. Otherwise, a double standard would have to exist in the media establishment. One that assigned value to a story based on the ideological perspectives of the players. One that selectively covered stories in order to promote a mindset over fact reporting. That's. Just. Crazy.

[*] Meanwhile, this story? Not so important, even though it happened the day before. And it certainly had nothing to say about race.

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