RACIAL AGITATORS of the political left routinely seize any instance of white-on-black violence as evidence of systemic oppression against blacks. Their demagoguery is not limited to instances of "hate crimes," such as the horrific dragging death of James Byrd at the hands of racist goons in Texas, but includes even episodes in which race plays no role whatsoever, such as the Amadou Diallo shooting in New York. When a white perpetrator harms a black victim, whether on purpose or by accident, whether motivated by bigotry or by a less sensational form of malice, the Sharpton–Jackson coalition launches into attack mode. They hold rallies and press conferences, issue angry statements, and file lawsuits.
Their concern is never for the victim, but for the racial politics. When blacks are attacked by other blacks—a much more common occurrence than white-on-black crime—they say nothing. Or worse, they side with the perpetrators, such as Jesse Jackson’s rush to support the rioting delinquents in Decatur, Illinois.
Naturally, they care even less for the victim of crime who happens to be white, especially if the assailant is black. Because the media subscribe to the left’s bigoted view of American race relations, their reporting reflects this bias. So, despite the constant coverage of the Amadou Diallo trial in New York, there has been nary a peep from the national media about the case of Tiffany Long in North Carolina.
A cherubic, white ten-year-old, Tiffany’s life came to an end in October, 1998, when three neighborhood teens—two male, one female, all black—lured her into an empty house. There, they sodomized her, strangled her with a cable wire, and beat her to death with a board. In the past few weeks, the trials in the Tiffany Long case have received extensive coverage in the North Carolina press. But with two of the three defendants already sentenced to lifelong prison terms, and the third now standing trial, the national media have all but ignored the story. Only the Associated Press has reported on the trials, in a single, cursory piece. The AP, of course, failed to mention the race of the people involved—an oversight it seldom if ever committed in the case of Amadou Diallo.
As for the racial agitators, two nights before the trial, the local chapter of the NAACP held a prayer vigil—for the three brutes charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering young Tiffany.
The case of Tiffany Long marks the first of a new ongoing series in FrontPage—Politically Incorrect Crimes, dispatches about events that the color-coded national media choose to ignore. We will continue to run the feature until the media drops their bias and returns to their primary responsibility of presenting as balanced and objective a picture of our collective reality as is humanly possible—not a false depiction crafted to serve the agenda of the political left. We encourage other sites to reprint our reports, and our readers to send in suggestions for other such politically incorrect stories we should follow.