The New York Times published an article Wednesday that framed the recent kidnapping and torturing of a handicapped white man at the hands of four black Chicagoans as possibly being done by white Donald Trump supporters.
Three 18-year-olds and one 24-year-old were arrested last Wednesday for kidnapping and torturing 18-year-old Austin Hilbourn. They broadcast the torture, which included cutting Hilbourn and making the disabled man drink toilet water, on Facebook Live. The broadcast included them shouting “fuck white people” and “fuck Donald Trump.”
If you read The New York Times’ editorial board’s story on “This Week in Hate” you wouldn’t have had a clue about what actually occurred. The story said: “Four people have been charged with a hate crime, among other charges, in the beating in Chicago of a teenager with mental disabilities, which was broadcast on Facebook Live on January 3. The video shows one of the suspects shouting about Donald Trump and ‘white people.'”
The races are ambiguous and the editorial board didn’t detail whether the suspects supported Trump and white people or not. The reader is just informed that a teenager with mental disabilities was beaten on camera.