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Old 04-29-2011, 10:42 AM
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Been awhile since the last one got Bilged so i thought I would post up some more evidence of how some news orgs wont publish skin color, race or other politically sensitive details in criminal descriptions...Below 2 article about the same crime....

http://www.delawareonline.com/articl...news|text|Home

The bandits were described as being in their 20s, wearing white hooded sweatshirts and armed with a large silver handgun and a smaller black handgun, Stump said.

http://www.doverpost.com/communities...Harrys-hold-up
Dover police are searching for a pair of black men who robbed the Happy Harry’s drug store on Forrest Avenue April 29.
The suspects were described as being in their 20s, wearing white hooded sweatshirts and bandanas and armed with a large silver handgun and a smaller black handgun.

Someone previously said that it was based on details provided by police although it is a known policy by the top linked news org to not post a full description...How is it the one included a more complete description?
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As I recall, someone was also adamant that the lack of description was due to lack of info released by police, and that the REAL descriptions were released later. Interestingly though, your second link was posted one minute before the first one.

Some news organizations are just stupid.
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here in Pensacola the local paper, The Pensacola News Journal is notorious for not listing race when listing discription of perp. Even an escaped felon.
This occurs only when perp is black. White perps race is ALWAYS lited. No joke. A friend pointed this out and it is so obvious. So basically if the perps race is not listed, they are black. period. The editor in chief must be AA.
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Our local fish-wrap always includes "white male" in the desciption when the suspect is a caucasion male.

When they don't list the race, you can bet the suspect is either black or mexican...

And for the stories involving mexican suspects (whether in custody or not), the word "illegal", is never included either (even when they are)...
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Originally Posted by ABoater View Post
Our local fish-wrap always includes "white male" in the desciption when the suspect is a caucasion male.

When they don't list the race, you can bet the suspect is either black or mexican...

And for the stories involving mexican suspects (whether in custody or not), the word "illegal", is never included either (even when they are)...
Damn Bruce,
Your making my brain hurt.

There are crimes that only certain races or nationalities are permitted to perpetuate, and be identified by race or nationality.

How can an "illegal" be held responsible for a law while in the U.S., if he or she is not a U.S. citizen, perhaps a lower income, or maybe a lack of education, or not speaking english, thus not having a clear understanding of the law.
Simple logic.

Maybe I'll be joining you in the bilge, huh?
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Originally Posted by mike carrigan View Post
Damn Bruce,
Your making my brain hurt.

There are crimes that only certain races or nationalities are permitted to perpetuate, and be identified by race or nationality.

How can an "illegal" be held responsible for a law while in the U.S., if he or she is not a U.S. citizen, perhaps a lower income, or maybe a lack of education, or not speaking english, thus not having a clear understanding of the law.
Simple logic.

Maybe I'll be joining you in the bilge, huh?
Dont worry some states are actually giving free educations all the way to college level for these poor mistreated "illegal" immigrants..

My mother was a public school teacher in the South (low pay) and my dad was disabled and I paid my own way through college. I sdont understand this entitlement stuff...

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