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NPT Media: El Paso Times’ ‘black men’ headline

Here’s the headline and blurb as it appeared on the Times’ Web site yesterday:

Former Andress guard who claimed to be tied up by two black men allegedly fabricated the story
06/03/2009 03:45 PM MDT – EL PASO — A former Andress High School security guard who said she was tied up by two black men in a school restroom has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report.

Here’s the question: What relevance is it that her claim involved “black men”? Maybe if the story was about false claims of crime involving black men, it would relevant. But the story has shifted now from warranting a description of the suspects to the allegation that the claim was false.

What are your thoughts?

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. RE: “Two Black men”

    The Times, perhaps inadvertently, has contributed the practice of racial profiling at the expense of the African American community.

    The lady who filed this false claim, according to the report, did not quote “Two Black men”, perhaps it came from the reporter’ notes?

    Maybe the Times, in their better judgment, should have omitted those three words because they conveyed a rather inflammatory and insensitive message.

    Lisle H. Davis

    Lisle H. Davis

    June 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

  2. Well, guess I am glad it’s not the usual ‘Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years of age, 5 ft 7 to 5 ft 9, shaved head, wearing baggy pants and a dark shirt’ description.

    Dax Bellafontaine

    June 5, 2009 at 8:57 am


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