Seems that a small circle of (white) friends can get away with killing a non-white as easily as you please. Nothing has changed from Reconstruction to now.
Why is that, precisely?
The Kitty Genovese story, redux.
No, Fiest, thankfully, much has changed since Reconstruction. In the late nineteenth century, the crime probably would not have been investigated at all due to racial bias — that is, until the “unnatural” character of the family at 1509 Swann was inevitably exposed. Then, a vengeful burst of vigilante justice would have obviated the need for any trial. Thank G–, we live in a far more just (if far from perfect) society than that of the 1870s. Even the trouple deserves its day in court.
No, too, on the apples and oranges comparison to the Kitty Genovese case of 1964. Kitty, a lesbian, was killed by a male stranger; her plight and screams were heard by over a dozen witnesses. If that were the case in the Wone murder, it would have been solved by now.
Did racial bias (and squeamishness over male rape) diminish media coverage and public interest initially? Perhaps. Nevertheless, the four gay, mainly “white” friends behind this site have gone far and beyond to keep all of our eyes on the prize: prosecution and conviction of the perpetrators of Robert’s murder.
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