When it’s all over said and done, we’re left with a huge contradiction… white suspects are shown more humanity by law enforcement and in the media than black victims.
“Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, about what led him to take these lives,” said David Leonard, professor in the department of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. “It’s a striking reminder of a racial empathy gap that persists.”
It’s a striking reminder of why we need our own.
Sympathy for white Austin bomber stirs debate about race
When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own.