“In this age of instant reporting, and Tweets, and blogs, there's a temptation to latch on to any bit of information -- sometimes, to jump to conclusions. But when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it's important to do this right. That's why we have investigations. That's why we relentlessly gather the facts. That's why we have courts. That's why we take care not to rush to judgment -- not about the motivations of these individuals, and certainly not about entire groups of people.”—
PRESIDENT OBAMA, at the White House.
Hey, wanna guess which CNN reporter was sitting in the front row in the press room when the President said this?
Yep: John fucking King.
“For a country that so often purports to be color blind, that insists too many people of color are overly obsessed with race, and that claims to live up to Dr. King’s dream of not judging people 'by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,' the last two days have revealed a much uglier reality. They have revealed that—'doth protest too much' claims to the contrary—America is anything but color blind, that too many white folk are the ones obsessed with race, and that Dr. King’s dream is still just that: a distant dream. And that’s not just a general truism that is irrelevant to this moment of national emergency—it is, on the contrary, a very specific point that must be made, right now, precisely because of that national emergency.”—
David Sirota, at Salon, in regard to
…the blatant ethnic/religious profiling of an Arab student injured at the Boston Marathon bombing. In that…episode, he was…targeted as a suspect because—like thousands of others—he was running away from the blast…then came CNN’s declaration that police had arrested a “dark-skinned male”—again, unquestioningly blared all over the world, drowning out a CBS News report alleging that the “man sought as a possible suspect is a white male, wearing white baseball cap on backwards, a gray hoodie and a black jacket.”…