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Why is This Shocking Hate Crime Not News?

John on March 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

The other day I noted a shocking story out of Kansas City. A white teenager was doused with gasoline and set on fire by two black kids from his high school. There was a suggestion, not quite definitive at the time, that this was a hate crime. I wrote:

It’s still remotely possible this wasn’t a racial attack. Perhaps there was a dispute of some kind which didn’t involve race. But on its face this looks like the worst kind of racial hate crime.

It’s always wise in these cases not to jump to conclusions, but the American Thinker has followed up on the story and it’s now fair to say this was almost beyond doubt a racial hate crime. What’s worse, it appears that the disturbing behavior at East High is being instigated by the teaching staff:

Other white students also report a pattern of racial harassment at the high school at the hands of their peers — and, shockingly, their teachers.

Two of these victims were the twin 14-year-old daughters (first names withheld upon request) of Karin Wildeisen. Ever since their family relocated from Texas, they had endured racial animosity in the Kansas City school system and inappropriate behavior by staff, which included teachers laughing while boys humiliatingly manhandled the girls and a teacher slapping one of them on the backside. But there was far worse to come.

The twins started coming home and talking about the goings-on in an advanced-English class taught by a teacher Wildeisen identifies as Ms. Veda Monday. Wildeisen said that her daughters told her, “There are four white kids in the class; they are being targeted racially.” They said that Monday, who is black, was feeding the class racial material, about which Wildeisen notes, “She’s teaching advanced English; she has no reason to be teaching civil rights.”

But then there was the straw that broke the camel’s back. One day, Monday allegedly showed an explicit film involving portrayals of whites lynching blacks and then, reports ex-Texan Wildeisen, “in front of the class attacked my daughters, telling them that ‘everybody from Texas is ignorant rednecks’” and that all white people were “responsible for Jasper because [their] skin is white.” This reference is to an atrocity in Jasper, TX, in which three white men murdered a black man in 1998.

There’s a lot more at the link. But just this one story should be enough to make this national news. Can anyone imagine the hue and cry if a white teacher had showed Intolerance in class and then castigated black students in a similar way, blaming them for black-on-white crime? Jesse Jackson would be camped out at the school in an instant. MSNBC would have this story on an hourly loop. As it is, the only major papers to mention this are the Daily Mail (in the UK) and the New York Daily News.

This story should not be any less shocking because the victims are white.

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