Washington Post writer Callum Borchers believes one of the worst aspects of the brutal videotaped torture of a mentally handicapped white man at the hands of black assailants is that it gives credence to a “pro-Trump narrative” that whites face rampant discrimination in America.
In a column published on The Fix blog Thursday, Borchers argued, “If you believe discrimination against white people is rampant, that Donald Trump supporters face persecution, that Chicago is a war zone, and the media is dishonest, then your entire worldview is likely to be confirmed by one awful story.” (RELATED: ‘F**k Donald Trump!’: 4 People Arrested For Torturing Mentally Handicapped Man On Facebook Live)
The WaPo writer expressed concern over InfoWars’ headline of the story — “White man kidnapped, gagged, beaten by racist black anti-Trump gang” — and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s reaction to the news. On Fox News Thursday, Gingrich said there would be far more media outrage “if this had been done to an African American by four whites,” and it would be immediately classified as a hate crime. (RELATED: Chicago Police Not Sure If Torture Of White Man Is A Hate Crime)
Borchers dismissed Gingrich’s argument because blacks have faced more racial violence in the past and current bias attacks against whites are not equivalent to those crimes.
“Gingrich might be right about different reactions, but he conveniently ignores the reason. If the attackers had been white and the victim had been black, the incident would have, of course, conjured America’s ugly history of white mobs committing violence against black people. There is no parallel history of the reverse happening on anything remotely approaching the same scale,” he wrote.
Borchers then chastise conservative media for using the story to support their supposed narrative that whites face increasing levels of racism and the media covers it up, along with other pro-Trump ideas.
“The message in conservative media is clear: Reverse discrimination — particularly against white Trump voters — is a big problem that the liberals in the media refuse to acknowledge. Oh, and by the way, Chicago (the part inhabited mostly by black people, anyway) is a super-dangerous place, just like Trump said,” the WaPo writer argued.
He then cites data showing that Trump supporters, and white people in general, view discrimination against Caucasians as more prevalent now than bigotry against African-Americans, which is an idea he believes to be totally wrong. “The worldview of many Trump voters might not be supported by data. But now they can find support in one awful video out of Chicago,” Borchers concluded his piece.
Thursday afternoon, Chicago police filed hate crime charges against the torture suspects — who shouted “fuck white people” as they beat the victim.