White Privilege, In One Tweet


Add the Associated Press to the list of media outlets who just don’t get it:


Sweethearts. Who “pilfered checks.” Why don’t you just give them a reality TV show while you’re at it?


From NBC News’ Twitter feed:


Sweethearts? Let’s see:

An 18-year-old Kentucky man and his 13-year-old girlfriend who have been missing for 12 days are believed to have taken off on a crime spree across the South, authorities said Thursday, during which they’re suspected of having stolen at least two vehicles — one of which had guns in it.

“It is imperative that these two be located and apprehended as their behavior is becoming increasingly brazen and dangerous,” the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office identified the pair as Dalton Hayes, 18, and his girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, 13, whom Cheyenne’s father reported missing on Jan. 3. They’re accused of stealing a neighbor’s red Toyota pickup truck, which was spotted on security video nine days later outside a Walmart store in Manning, South Carolina. The couple themselves were captured on video entering the store.

They apparently ditched the truck Thursday in Henry County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, and are believed to have stolen a silver Toyota Tundra — which Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said had .45- and .38-caliber handguns in the back seat.

Chaffins said that both are suspects in at least the two auto thefts and that Hayes is also wanted on charges of custodial interference — that is, luring Cheyenne, a minor, away from her legal guardians.

So basically we have auto theft, kidnapping, possibly statutory rape, all wrapped up in a nice shiny “sweethearts/Bonnie & Clyde” package. How do you suppose this message would be packaged if the couple were black, not white?


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16 responses to “White Privilege, In One Tweet

  1. greennotGreen

    I think it’s all around fail. Bonnie and Clyde? Have they robbed any banks? Killed anybody? No, they’ve stolen cars.

    If they were black it wouldn’t have made the news because who in the media cares about 13 yo old black girls, anyway?

  2. If they were black, they would already be labeled as the latest recruits of ISIS and dead.

  3. chrome agnomen

    being white, there’s no way this ends up like the original bonnie and clyde. just misunderstood kids who are model citizens, and may end up with a show of their own. oh, and add in one responsible gun owner to sweeten the pot.

  4. Kathleen

    Yeah, I love the general “Aw, aren’t they cute” tone that’s characterized the media’s coverage. Yesterday one announcer said, “They are considered armed”. Not “armed and dangerous”, just “armed”. Note: The Bots report they’ve been captured. The guy is wearing a KY Wildcats T Shirt. I wonder if UK PR people are cringing. And yes, I agree that if the couple were black the tone would have been much different and they would be dead.

  5. Wow! That’s really heart-warming. So the cute couple has actually, “swiped” their third truck. They’re as pretty as movie stars! How adorable. Hope these crazy kids come home and fess up real soon, cause they’re gonna be in a heap of trouble when they do.

    Here’s a possible headline for two young black renegades off on a joy ride in the good ole South.

    Cradle-robbing Sex Fiend Kidnaps Child for Violent Crime and Drugs Rampage: Threat Crosses Second State Line as FBI Names Them Most Wanted

  6. Now that they’ve been caught, they can update their facebook pages! She should really do some YouTube comedy videos. She looks great!

  7. Randy

    Florida, Kentucky. There’s a Coen brothers movie coming.

  8. tao

    It won’t do to insult southern-style manners and etiquette. Wedding invitations simply must include the Palin clan and Ted (the ped.) Nugent.

  9. Southern Beale:

    Now would be a good time to pull out that “Armed and goin’ to the prom” photo from last spring.

    If he was black and she was white–tectonic shit.

  10. paintedjaguar

    “Panama City, i.e. the redneck Riviera”
    i.e. Southern Alabama — with a beach.