A sample of the white folks the Times has called “no angel” includes infamous mobsters, murderers, a pornographer, and a Nazi. Black Americans described similarly by the paper include a basketball player, a singer, criminal suspects, and unarmed men killed by white people.
In a piece on Darren Wilson, also published Monday, the white officer who shot and killed Brown on August 9 is described as having a “troubled childhood,” and learned policing in a department plagued by racial tensions between its cops and the community they served, a police force that was eventually disbanded.
The headline of the Times piece on Wilson: “Darren Wilson Was Low-Profile Officer With Unsettled Early Days”. Wilson left a “muted, barely noticeable trail,” and was “a well-mannered, relatively soft-spoken, even bland person who seemed, if anything, to seek out a low profile.” The article’s Web address describes Wilson’s past as “unremarkable.” It seems the officer is lucky that he didn’t have a documented interest in rap music.”