Did you hear about the guy who was pistol-whipped and robbed in broad daylight today in midtown Manhattan? In front of a damn Starbucks?
Yep, got dragged halfway down the street, they say. I heard about it on MSNBC. And then I couldn’t help myself; my mind played Guess the Criminal’s Race.
I guessed: black dude.
Can’t explain why. Just that a pistol-whipping on a sidewalk – at mid-day – conjures up a mental image.
MSNBC didn’t report the suspect’s race this afternoon. So I tried to find out on the internets tonight.
Local station WNBC reports that the victim was robbed of $150,000 in cash. He had just withdrawn it from the bank.
According to WNBC: “Police were searching [for] a suspect they described as a man between 25 and 30 years old who was wearing a black parka, black pants is about five feet 9 inches tall.”
Uhhh... what? A “man”? That’s it?
I know there’s a controversy in journalism about whether or not to report the race of criminal suspects. I say that’s bullshit if the suspect is still on the loose. As this case illustrates.
You got a gunman at large, right? Why in hell do you report that he’s 5-foot-9... and not report whether he’s black, white, Hispanic or Asian? Makes no sense, except by some twisted liberal logic. Somebody want to explain it to me?
Anyway, competing station WCBS came through with the facts:
“The suspect is described as a black man about 25-30 years old, 5-foot-9 and wearing a black parka and black pants.”
Now... that’s reporting what happened. And I win this round of Guess the Criminal’s Race – the home game.