Craker? Is that a new racial epithet — a melding, perhaps, of cracker and Quaker? Or is it simply the case that the vandals who roamed through a Philadelphia neighborhood in the small hours of Wednesday equipped with cans of spray paint are just lousy spellers?
CBS Philly reports:
Residents in one Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood had a rude awakening Wednesday morning when they woke up and discovered vulgar graffiti spray-painted on their cars and homes.
The vandalism happened on four blocks in the city’s Rhawnhurst section. The streets targeted were Hoffnagle Street, Benson Street, Emerson Street and Solly Avenue.
According to investigators, the vandals spray-painted racial epithets, sexual symbols and swastikas on cars, houses and fences.
The spray paint vandalism included the saying ‘Fu* Crakers’ and some on [sic] the swastikas were backwards.
The report notes that so far, no arrests have been made, and that the vandalism remains under investigation.
So once again, we are forced to engage in a little though experiment and imagine that the third and fourth paragraphs of the story read like this:
According to investigators, the vandals spray-painted racial epithets, sexual symbols and nooses on cars, houses and fences.
The spray paint vandalism included the saying ‘Fu* n**gers’….
Several differences in the handling of the narrative would be likely. First, there would be more than four column inches and a handful of paragraphs devoted to the story. The misdemeanor (assuming that is how authorities are treating the act) would not be written off simply as vandalism but something far more egregious and with deeper social implications. Expressions of outrage by public figures, local and otherwise, would be quoted in the article, which would be carried by every major news site and left-leaning blog.
So how extensive is the coverage of this story? A search using the key words vandals, spray paint, and Philly returns links to two TV news reports (one of them MyFoxPhilly), to one radio news report (KYW, which links back to the CBS story), and to Drudge.
End of story.
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