In the Australian riot story below
, we observed the principle that if a white person attacks a black person, race is the first thing mentioned. If the reverse is the case, much more frequent, it`s considered wrong
even to mention it.
Remember Congressman Mel Reynolds? I will quote myself
, here:"You never mention anyone`s race, sex, or immigration status if you can avoid it. I just found out, five years after I first heard of him being sent away for having sex with an underage girl, that Congressman Mel Reynolds is black.No one mentioned it, so I didn`t know until I came across a story where he mentioned it himself."
Reynolds blamed racism for the charge, saying ``When they shackle me, like they shackled my slave ancestors and take me off to jail, nobody in this room will see me crawl."
But if he hadn`t mentioned it, no news story would.
That`s why I was so startled (and amused) by this headline: Black charged with fraud,
[By Barbara Shecter, National Post
, November 18, 2005] But no! It`s not what you think, it`s a actually a white guy.