Johnny O wrote:
Agreed. It's funny how the death always becomes accidental or justifiable in some way in some people's eyes when it's a white man killing a black man. It's almost like black people's lives have less value to them, but that can't be true.
And of course, the flip side of the coin has it that any black killing of any white person is justifiable, and any killing of a black person by a white person is murder, no matter the circumstances in either case. Believe me, I've heard both. Hell, I'm hearing the kid's family now claim that any mention that he might have been attacking the guy is horrible and racist.
The truth of course is somewhat different, and depends on the circumstances. For example, the dragging murder of a black man by maybe three white men a few years back was mostly decried, barring the odd nutball white supremacist, and justifiably so. While the actions of three black kids, equally horrible, in lighting on fire a white teen boy after pouring alcohol on him, were barely mentioned beyond the local notice the case got in Florida a while back. The kid survived, but likely wishes he hadn't. And will probably continue to pray for death until he finally does die.
So, it's not like there's any special racial component that guarantees a certain kind of coverage, or coverage at all to these things.