Interracial Violence on Campus not a Major News Story

It is probably not hard to guess why campus interracial violence is not a major national news story.

Here is how a local station is reporting the incidents:

The ABC7 I-Team is reporting a rash of random attacks near the University of Illinois flagship campus. A safety alert for students was posted after Champaign police say five students were jumped and beaten by a roving gang over the weekend.

One-by-one early Saturday morning, a gang of men attacked several people as they walked down streets near the U of I campus. For about an hour, the gang roamed a small section of Champaign and police say they targeted random victims, beating them to the ground, in what resembles a big city gang ritual. 

The beat-downs took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday, with five victims at four different locations near the U of I campus.

Even though it was overnight, the attacks took place on residential streets and there were witnesses.

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Police say a group of six to eight men battered innocent victims as they walked on these streets. The targets were random and they were attacked for no apparent reason, according to police, thrown to ground and kicked in the head and body.

Some victims told police the attackers had jumped from vehicles; a cell phone was stolen. There were no life-threatening injuries, but three people were treated for facial wounds, cuts and bruises. 

While police here have posted an alert for last weekend’s attacks, crime records reveal there were at least three similar unprovoked muggings the previous Saturday – among 45 assaults in the area since October 1. 

Investigators describe the attacks as black males, 25 years old, and each wearing dark clothing, possibly driving in a blue sedan or SUV.

No apparent motive? Does that mean that the race of the victims has been all over the map so that the police can eliminate a racist motive? Or does that mean that they simply don’t want to acknowledge the possibility of black on white hate crime?

[See also, “Whatever Happened Here Was Not a Hate Crime.”]

Unless a report explicitly addresses the possibility of a racial motive, and gives reasons for not believing such a possibility, I am prone to be suspicious for many reasons.