5th slaying stirs fears in Cape Verdeans - The Boston Globe
Just a quick link to a story in the Boston Globe today, about a 5th member of Boston's Cape Verdean Creole community who has been killed this year. Two were murdered last year and five have been murdered thus far this year.
Upon reading this story in the paper, I was struck by the decided lack of racism accusations in the article. Instead the article makes it sound death by murder is a lifestyle choice. Funny.
One can easily imagine how this story would have been written if the city were Moscow or St. Petersburg or Ekaterinburg, etc. We've seen this before, with African students who were killed in St. Petersburg. It would have been picked up by more than just one newspaper as well.
This isn't to excuse murder or violent behavior against minorities, which is obviously amoral. But it does demonstrate how biased reporting of problems can create an image that isn't accurate when compared to the facts. I would love to see a real statistical analysis of violence and crime against ethnic peoples - compared to violent crimes against all other people - in Russia. I have a feeling that it isn't significantly more dangerous for ethnic peoples in Russia than it is in the US.
Of course, given the high rate of violent crimes committed by and against ethnic minorities in the US, that isn't necessarily a high achievement.
As a footnote - I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not making excuses for racial or ethnic violence anywhere - it is obviously wrong. What I am pointing out is the difference in press and media coverage of events that occur here in the US ... versus events in Russia. The killing of an ethnic minority in Russia is immediately seen as an act driven by racial hatred. Similar acts that occur here in the US are not given a similar presumption.