Whenever you see a video like this, just ask yourself how the media would treat it if the victim were black, and the aggressors were white. Al Sharpton would be “prepared to rally.” MSNBC would be calling it a “hate crime,” and Eric Holder would be investigating it as such. Obama would say something about how if he had a son, he’d look something like the victim.
Celebrity-induced candlelight vigils would ensue. Liberal legislators would work on new laws that would make penalties even harsher on white-on-black aggressors. And Stevie Wonder would boycott the state.
The victim’s uncle posted the cell phone video to Facebook, where he explained:
“This is a video of my nephew Alec being beaten by a group of teens on his bus ride home from school yesterday. He was able to get off the bus at the next stop, 14 miles from his home. He went to the Magnolia Fire Hall and called the police. The bus driver failed to intervene AT ALL. She didn’t stop the bus while the beating occurred. She didn’t call the police and file a report. She didn’t inform the administration that the beating occurred. Apparently, the bus driver called the school and stated that Alec left the bus early for no reason, according to the administrator that called my brother yesterday.”
Unhappily, the video was censored by YouTube:
So, what’s happening in the media now about this particular Dover, Delaware case, since it was a white kid that got beat up by a group of black teens on a school bus? Crickets.
There’s a rule of thumb in journalism circles about what kinds of stories should get coverage. “Dog Bites Man” is not a story. But “Man Bites Dog?” Now there’s a story. What the mainstream media are doing implicitly in not reporting these black-on-white incidents is affirming that there’s nothing new about them. They’re not news. They happen all the time. But white-on-black violence? Now there’s a story.
PostScript: At the time I am finishing this post, the video is still available on Facebook.