Saturday, May 19, 2007

Knoxville Slayings Not in Zebra Class

Interesting piece by AP's Duncan Mansfield outta (there's Phillip's code for you. Note two l's.) Knoxville about bloggers jumping on reverse racism in coverage of slaying of two white people. Sounds similar to the Zebra killings in San Francisco in the 1970s when black "Angels of Death" killed at least 14 whites. Media tried to rewrite history on that one. It's in "Philip's Code: No News is Good News - to a Killer." There's a big difference, however. In the Zebra killings, there was no doubt race was the motive. But you wouldn't know that if you relied on the news media for collective memories. In 1999 Stephanie Salter of the San Francisco Examiner wrote a column about a white gunman named Benjamin Smith who killed a black man and an Asian and wounded nine other non-whites before killing himself.
Smith, wrote Salter, was another in a long line of "disaffected, disturbed, hate-filled white males" who "went on a violent rampage." Salter wondered what the reaction would have been if Smith's targets had been "innocent bystanders who looked Anglo?' In San Francisco, a good bet would be very little.

1 comment:

David In TN said...

I've just started reading your book. By the way, I attended three trials, two sentencing hearings, and a motions' hearing in the "Knoxville Slayings." I was told by a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney the Christian-Newsom torture-murders were the worst he had heard of.

And he went back to Manson and tried some bad ones himself.