Two weeks after the fact, and buried well into the story, the Virginian-Pilot lets slip that two of its own reporters were beaten by a black mob.
A beating at Church and Brambleton, By Michelle Washington, The Virginian-Pilot, May 1, 2012
Last year, when this happened to a white journalist at, of all places, The Onion, I had to note that the media wouldn`t face up to racial reality even if racial reality came right up and smacked it.
This apparently remains the case.
The editorialist (it`s chuckle-inducing that this had to be handled by an editorial writer) sidesteps the racial issue, though we should credit her for digging up the retaliation-for-Trayvon tweet.
Does anyone suppose that the victims, Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami (not sure how white she is, but to the mob, she probably counted as white — proving John Derbyshire right). will have anything to say?
Will their minds be changed?
I`d love to hear from them.
Both appear to be everyday shoe-leather reporters covering local crime and politics, a few years in but not too grizzled. In other words, not yet in a position with bigger sway in the journalism world. Will they rise? Will this experience bring a touch of reality to some of those editorial meetings? Will they continue in journalism at all? Start exploring forbidden realms, like the science of racial difference?
I sometimes want to sit the entire media down in a massive auditorium somewhere and say, "Guys, seriously, your treatment of race is so far removed from what normal people experience every day and what people actually think that it`s kind of bizarre. Please tell me you get that. Please tell me you`d break free from that, but aren`t sure how. Please admit that you at least see that your story goes one way, but the reader comments go a totally different way."
And I`d like to think that instances like the Forster/Rostami beating will have that effect, but I`m not betting on it. Few forces on Earth are as powerfully resistant to change as the media`s political correctness.