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Sat Jul 18, 2015, 02:10 PM

Subtle racism in reporting - Man accused of topping girls lemonade stand and fleeing with $30 [View all]

An 18-year-old Riverside man was arrested on suspicion of overturning two teenage girls’ lemonade stand and absconding with their pink and turquoise money box, authorities said Thursday.

Santini Tate walked up to the stand in Rancho Cucamonga about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and asked the two 13-year-old girls for some lemonade, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

Even though he said he did not have cash, the girls gave Tate some lemonade, sheriff’s officials said, and he walked away.

Tate returned a moment later, according to sheriff's officials, and toppled the lemonade stand before snatching the box, which contained about $30.


Reading this, my immediate thought is that it takes a special kind of evil for one to lower themselves to robbing a kids lemonade stand.

But re-reading the article, and remembering past articles detailing crimes committed by 18 year-olds - In some cases, crimes a lot worse - it's not so hard to see the subtle racism the person writing the article went with by labeling a 18 year old black male as a man - Alluding the him being a adult - instead of labeling him a 'teenage male' as in the case in articles about crimes committed by equivalently aged white 18 year olds.

It's interesting really, the subtle differences that newspapers use when reporting crimes involving PoC's.

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