Why is Race Now an Issue in Media Coverage of TX Gang Rape?


In the disputed news coverage over a rape in Cleveland, Tx., there was hardly any mention of the victim’s or suspects’ race at first, but many news organizations have now reported that the victim, 11, is Hispanic, many of the 18 suspects charged are black,and racial tensions are stirring, reports Poynter.org, a news media think tank.

Poynter says the mention of race has raised more questions than it's answered. Among them: “Why wasn't race mentioned in the initial reports, and at what point did it become relevant? Is there a history of racial tension between blacks and Hispanics in Cleveland, or does the tension have more to do with people believing the suspects were wrongly targeted because they're black? Was race a motive in the crime?”

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