WashingtonPost.com Somehow Misses Race ID On Flash Mob In Georgetown
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Apropos of my post detailing The Washington Post's telling us—in a front-page tease, a headline and the lead to the story—that five whites were suspected in the Black Lives Matter shooting, today we get this front page tease from the very same newspaper:
Flash mob hits designer boutique in Georgetown, steals $13,000 worth of goods

A large group of young people went into the Diesel store and grabbed several items off the racks, police said.

Here is the headline:

Flash mob hits designer store in Georgetown, steals $13,000 worth of goods

Here is the story's lead and second and third sentences:
A flash mob hit a designer store in Georgetown Tuesday evening and stole $13,000 worth of items, according to D.C. Police.

The incident happened just before 6 p.m. at the Diesel store in the 3000 block of M Street NW. A large group of young people went into the store and grabbed several items off the racks, according to a police report.

The Post doesn't tell readers what the suspects look like (not that it has to), but does note that the "incident comes after a group of merchants in Georgetown ended its use of a private messaging service that many retailers, residents and police officers had used to talk about people they thought were suspicious. There were concerns that the service was being used to racially profile people."

The comments are worth reading. Here are two of them:

  • Must have been black. If they were white the headline would have said so.
  • Maybe the reason 90% of the messages were about black people is because 90% of the thieves are black. That's not racial profiling, it's just the way things are in Georgetown—ask any shop owner. While we're on that, was the flash mob a group of white prep school kids? Let me guess—they were black kids? But of course, WaPo won't report on their race (unless they're white.) This kind of weak self-loathing PC reporting is why liberals in this country get a bad name. There is a difference between racism and fact-based self preservation on the behalf of business owners.
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