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WaPo ‘Forgets’ Student Arrested For U Chicago Shooting Threat Targeted Whites

Evan Gahr Investigative Journalist
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Pop quiz for ambitious yet publicity-shy racists: What are your options for venting raw bigotry without The Washington Post, normally awash with stories about supposed racial prejudice, reporting it?

Well, you can be a white advertising executive at the paper itself and racially harass black subordinates.

Or, as happened Monday, the other option is to get arrested for allegedly threatening to mow down white students at the University of Chicago to avenge the police shooting of a knife-wielding black teenager wanted for robbery.

Check out the little-noticed WaPo story posted Monday afternoon, “Suspect arrested in University of Chicago threat that paralyzed campus.”

He sure was.

But nobody could tell from the WaPo headline or story that it was an overtly racist threat.

Most major news outlets quoted University of Illinois Jabari Dean’s online warning contained in the criminal complaint filed with his arrest: “I am going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago [on Monday]. I will be armed with an M-4 Carbine and 2 Desert Eagles all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time [Laquan] McDonald was killed.”

Not very subtle: notice that the operative word is “white.”

But it seems that threatening to mow down “white devils” for the sake of racial justice is not particularly newsworthy at Washington’s premiere newspaper. Reporters Lindsey Bever and Elahe Isadi gave no indication Dean targeted Caucasian students.

They simply wrote that, “A suspect has been arrested after a top-ranked university had to cancel classes due to a threat of gun violence against its campus community. [Jabari] Dean allegedly wrote a social media post over Thanksgiving weekend in which he stated that he would execute approximately sixteen students or staff members on the campus quad Monday, according to the prosecutor’s office, which cited a complaint and affidavit filed in court.”

There are two likely explanations for these WaPo dunderheads expunging the virulent anti-white racism alleged here and neither is particularly favorable.

Either Bever and Isadi are incredibly lazy even by the standards of slothful Washington reporters and wrote the story based entirely on the prosecutor’s press release, without reading the actual complaint and extensive press coverage.

Or they purposely omitted the overt racism because it was directed at blacks not whites.

WaPo executive editor Marty Baron, who previously hung up on me and scurried away when asked about the paper’s grotesque racial double standards, did not immediately answer an emailed inquiry.

Yeah, yeah. Stories written under tight deadline are rarely perfect. The interesting question is whether Baron will order this one revised.

Maybe. Maybe not.

But it is a safe bet that you won’t find Jabari Dean mentioned in any future WaPo articles on how even though the president is black racism remains a big problem in this country.