Last Tuesday, eight people were murdered in three Atlanta-area spas, and six of the victims were Asian females. Although authorities say it is premature to determine a racial motive and the current evidence indicates the 21-year-old white male perpetrator was motivated by sexual addiction, legacy media immediately took to speculating about a racial motivation.
The New York Times acknowledged “it was not clear whether there was a racial motivation” then took to describing Asian-American hate incidents, citing the organization Stop AAPI Hate funded by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University.
CNN employed a comparable doublespeak. “Investigators said it was too early to say whether the crime was racially motivated, and instead pointed to the suspect’s claim of a potential sex addiction,” says a CNN report on the incident. But the same article described anti-Asian
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