The ongoing problem here is that the media consistently feels the need to identify a person’s race when tragedy strikes.
The definition of race is a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock or a class of people united by community of interests, habits, or characteristics.
No where in the dictionary I have on my desk does the definition of race include categorizing a class of people by their color.
American stage and screen actor Humphrey Bogart said, “There are no superior races. There are only people who for a time happen to be luckier or better situated than other people. There are no inferior races. There are only people who’ve had bad luck or poor education. Examine a man’s brain. It tells you nothing about his race. Test his blood. It tells you nothing about his race.”
Skin color, Humphrey continues, means nothing other than “certain people have a little more of a chemical melanin in their skins, and that makes them look more or less like Joe Louis; and others have a little more of a chemical called carotene in their skins, and that makes them look a little more or less like me.”
The crimes against Burton and Lane were reprehensible, blood curdling and down right offensive. And it matters not if the suspects were African-American, caucasian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, or any other tribe of people.
To all those in the media, today would be a good day to stop playing the race card.
Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com.