The Washington Post Plays Race Card with Cho Seung Hui

This afternoon, the Washington Post Virginia Tech Shootings blog reported this:

Washington Post Staff Writer David Cho reports that [here is the updated link] several Korean youths who knew Cho Seung Hui from his high school days said he was a fan of violent video games, particularly Counterstrike, a hugely popular online game published by Microsoft, in which players join terrorism or counterterrorism groups and try to shoot each other using all types of guns.

First, why is the ethnicity of the youths relevant? Does it add anything to our understanding of their observation? (On Monday, the Asian American Journalists Association anticipated such actions and advised “all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason.”)

Second, how should we understand the reference to his affection for “violent video games?” Isn’t that a trait shared by millions of his contemporaries? Did Hui listen to rap and eat pizza, too?

2 thoughts on “The Washington Post Plays Race Card with Cho Seung Hui

  1. No he wasn’t a fan of rap music, but (according to an interview with his roommates on CNN”s 360 last night) he was a fan of hard rock music—a predominately white genre. It is a most iniquitous and duplicitous paradigm we have here. When mass murders are perpetrated by whites, there is the media and societal deracialization of the perpetrator. However, when the murderer is a person of color, race seems to be all that most can see.

  2. Edward, I wrote heavy metal first, but changed it to rap– I hadn’t realized that young folks were listening to hard rock. Truth be told, I haven’t discovered any new metal in awhile–other than Mick’s Orthrelm. iTunes doesn’t even feature it as a genre.

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