Interresting article about the media coverage of the white girls beaten by a group of blacks. http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/long-beach-hate-crime/15346/ Last Halloween in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, where neighbors put on a lavish fright fest each year, three young women left a haunted house and found themselves caught in a street brawl with a crowd of teenagers. By melees end, one womans face was fractured in 12 spots, her teeth were broken and shed suffered partial loss of sight in one eye. Two of the women suffered brain concussions and assorted broken bones after being kicked, punched and even struck by a skateboard wielded as a weapon. The story broke on November 3, when local Web site editor William Pearl scooped other media on LBReport.com, quoting Long Beach police spokeswoman Jacqueline Bezart as saying a crowd of black attackers hurled racial taunts (White bitches! We hate whites!) at the young women, and the police were pursuing it as a hate crime. But the racial controversies simmering just below the surface didnt hit national airwaves until November 29. That day, on National Public Radios News & Notes, a show touting an African-American perspective, Farai Chideya asked three prominent black guests whether, in fact, blacks can be blamed for hate crimes at all.