31st March 2012
Rich Lowry explains that if you’re black and killed by a black guy, that’s not news. It’s only news if you’re black and killed by a white guy, even if only a ‘white Hispanic’.
Everything about the Trayvon Martin case is a matter of contention. About this, though, there should be no doubt: If Martin had been shot by a black classmate, if he had been caught in a random crossfire, if he had looked at a gang member the wrong way, his death would have been relegated to the back pages of the local newspaper. Not a cause, not even a curiosity: Just another dead young black man. Nothing to see here. Please, move on.