I certainly do not derive any twisted sense of justified “pleasure” when the perp of a notorious crime turns out to be Black.
But that’s the sense I get from many online conversations I witness. Granted, I have not been above pointing out that the media overlooks race in cases where a suspect’s race is egregiously absent so as to warrant an accusation of journalistic negligence. But this is not the same as that sense of “rah-rah’ing” I detect in the blogosphere when high-profile suspects turn out to be Black.
When news of the murder of Haruka Weiser, the University of Texas student whose body was discovered on Tuesday, began flooding the news, and hints of a possible suspect surfaced, I didn’t consider for a second that the official suspect would be this dude:
But alas, today it was announced that Meechaiel Khalil Criner, 17, was arrested yesterday for the murder of Haruka Weiser. He succumbed to the police radar after he was discovered burning objects which later tied him to Weiser, including a shoe, on April 4, in an abandoned warehouse. Responding police entered him in a youth shelter as it appeared he was homeless.
After Weiser’s body was discovered the following day, elementary detective work made Criner a prime suspect, but it was the Austin Fire Department who first noticed the possible connection and reported it to the police.
Thursday, April 7
4:08 p.m.: After the Austin Police Department released surveillance video of the suspect to the public, Austin Fire Department Capt. David Leonard called investigators to inform them of the incident of the 17-year-old found burning items in an abandoned building.
5:20 p.m.: Officers arrested Criner at LifeWorks for the suspected tampering with evidence. Earlier, detectives had returned to the abandoned building and found a burned notebook with college-level coursework inside and a small-sized Doc Martin shoe. They also found “an article of evidence that matched the same texture, age and appearance of an article seized on or near the victim’s body,” the affidavit said.
Friday, April 8
11:30 a.m.: The Austin Police Department held a press conference announcing that Criner had been taken into custody and charged with first-degree felony murder. He is currently being held on $1 million bond.
One of Criner’s family members told ABC News they do not believe he committed a crime and plan to travel to Austin to find out what happened.
Sigh. This is why “dindu” has become the new derogatory racial term for criminal Blacks.
This is like a bad script that keeps replaying itself, autonomously, a culturally-powered perpetual motion machine.
I do wonder if public outcry is magnified when the victim is a pretty young White (or in this case, maybe Hapa, judging by the victim’s first name) girl.
Do we place more value and malice on the crime if we lose an attractive member of productive future society when she looks like this…
…and the suspected murderer is a Black man with no home?
Of course we do! To recognize such is not pleasant.
Who would dispute such a thing. Evolutionary in response, we safeguard those who innately promote survival of mankind. And I’m sorry to say, in the battle of Haruka vs. Meechaiel, I don’t feel remiss in stating that there probably wasn’t, isn’t, much of a contest.