February 4, 2016
Forcing generations of schoolchildren to read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ has had the desired effect
David Cole writes:
And you can rest assured that no one in the media will ever suggest that crimes in which bound and defenseless white people are tortured and killed by black assailants are hate crimes. Such atrocities must only be seen as “drug-fueled burglaries gone bad.” No one may suggest that there’s more to it than that, that there is any hatred behind the sadism. Tragically, at one point during the Harvey family’s ordeal, Kathryn Harvey had the opportunity to escape, and to save her oldest daughter. She didn’t take it, because she trusted that her captors were simple burglars. She assumed they’d act thoughtfully and pragmatically (you know, like the CBS version of William Andrews). She was wrong, and it cost her everything.
If she’d had a better understanding of precedent, she’d have known that she was dead the moment her hands were bound, and any opportunity to escape, fight, or save at least one of her children needed to be taken. Far from being a “simple burglar,” Gray represents a very specific and not uncommon type of interracial murderer, one who feels victimized if he’s disturbed by the screams of his prey. This is where minority entitlement culture stops being funny. This isn’t about the “right” of nonwhites to decide what Halloween costumes you can wear or what words get you banned from Twitter or Reddit. This is about the “right” to slit your throat without having to listen to you bitch about it.