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The Left Ignores the Killing of a Pakistani Immigrant Uber Driver

Dennis Prager on

On March 23, Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, a 66-year-old immigrant from Pakistan earning his living as an Uber Eats driver, was killed by two girls, ages 13 and 15. They carjacked Anwar, Tasered him and then, as he held on to the car (the source of his livelihood) in an attempt to stop them from stealing it, floored the gas pedal and crashed the car, killing him when he was thrown from the vehicle.

As reported the next day in The Washington Post:

"Anwar tried to force his way back into the car by climbing on top of the teen in the driver's seat, (Detective Chad Leo of the Washington, D.C., police homicide unit) said. Before he could get all the way in, though, the 13-year-old reached over from the passenger seat, turned on the ignition and 'manipulated' the gear shift, Leo said. With Anwar 'hanging outside the car' through the open driver's door, Leo said, the vehicle lurched forward and accelerated down the block, made a sharp right turn, struck a curb and overturned, landing passenger side up. Anwar was ejected and suffered broken bones and injury to his head."

After the unharmed girls climbed out and joined the onlookers milling around the car, one of them could be heard yelling, "My phone is in there!" (The Washington Post, March 31) and, "He has my phone!" (CBS News, March 30).

I found no mainstream media that identified the girls as black.

In The Washington Post report cited above, there was no mention of the girls' race, just, "Two girls ages 13 and 15 have been charged with felony murder."

 

CNN's report on March 27 made no mention of race: "Two teenage girls have been charged in the carjacking death of an Uber Eats driver ... The girls, 13 and 15, assaulted Anwar with a Taser while carjacking him ... The younger girl is from the southeast section of DC, the older from Fort Washington, Maryland, police said."

In a March 31 Washington Post editorial on the subject, there was no mention of the girls' race.

The New York Times never even reported the incident.

Why is this significant? Because white perpetrators of violence are always identified as such. When a white man engages in a mass killing, the first thing we learn, and are told over and over, is that he is white. If a white policeman kills a black man, no matter how justified (as in Ferguson, Missouri) or morally ambiguous (as in most other cases), we are reminded in every news story that the officer was white. In the very first New York Times report on the Atlanta massage parlor killings, the Times reported, "The suspect in custody is white."

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