2.25.2009

Crime and Omission

The Times-Picayune story on the weekend rape of a Tulane student in Audubon Park fails to include the fact that the attacker was black. 

The omission seems like a matter of political correctness because the other facts about the attack and the attacker, taken from the TUPD report, show up in the news blurb.  When a suspect has not been apprehended, the race of the alleged perpetrator would seem to be relevant for purposes of helping people report the suspect or avoid being victimized.

Even if the victim was unwise for walking alone in the wee hours of the night, the crime is terribly unfortunate, and it will certainly be a PR concern for the school as well.