There's been a lot of back and forth sniping about who is committing the most heinous crimes.
Frankly, anytime a human being takes another human being's life, I consider it a heinous act. But some of you seem convinced that black criminals are worst than white ones, and vice versa, or at least that's how you come across on this blog.
Will some of you address this issue and/or share a resource that will help us identify and begin to address the roots of this bias?
Why are young black criminals like Brandon Rolle often portrayed as more dangerous than criminals like Dale S. Hausner and Samuel J. Dieteman, the alleged serial killers responsible for a string of late-night random killings in Phoenix
Rolle is accused of robbing and killing Ronald Gentile, a Homewood man who was in Miami visiting his son. He is described as an ex-con with an extensive criminal record consisting of 13 arrests and four felony convictions. Charges include robbery, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, battery of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault. He had only been out of prison two months when he was arrested for the crime.
Media also reported that Rolle's mother got into a shouting match with televison cameramen, screaming "You think t his is a motherf----- cartoon?" "I'm going to beat your ass."
Hausner, on the other hand, is described in an Associated Press report as: "always polite to friends," a "lover of boxing who decorated his room with drawings," A father to a 2-year-old girl" and "two young sons who died in a car accident."
Two monsters. Two very different portrayals.
"Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime , a report co-authored by Lori Dorfman, Director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group and Vincent Schiraldi, founder and president of the Center on Juvenile Justice, gives valuable insights into why this is so.