Lee Habeeb over at National Review supplies the answer: "Because they were not killed by a white guy."
No, I need to be more accurate. They were not killed by a “white Hispanic,” a new term of art the New York Times and others in the media are using to describe George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin.
Why? Because the real racism that exists in the media is this: a young black male’s life is not worth reporting when it is taken by another black male. It is worth reporting only when it is taken by a white guy.
Thus the contortions to make George Zimmerman “white.”
If this were a voter-ID story, Zimmerman would have been called an Hispanic, not a “white Hispanic.”
And if he were a presidential candidiate, Zimmerman would have been called an Hispanic, not a “white Hispanic.”
I don’t ever remember the New York Times calling President Obama the first “white black” president.
The real tragedies here are the stories not being told by the media when it comes to race.