‘Learn your manners,’ a white man wrote to his black neighbor. This was the response.
was the headline.
My question is, why does this little dispute between neighbors deserve to be mentioned in a newspaper at all?
Happens every day between white neighbors, and black neighbors, and would never be mentioned.
Might even happen with black neighbors complaining about inconsiderate white neighbors.
But because it's a white guy complaining about the noise of a black man (who lives one floor above him) all of a sudden it was a racist attack? And deserves an article in a newspaper?
It's not like the downstairs neighbor came upstairs with a gun and threatened the black neighbor with a gun - that would obviously have been news.
(And you can find stories like that every day, sadly, where white one neighbor shoots another white neighbor for mowing the lawn in the middle of the day, and so on).
But the guy leaves a note, complaining about the noise, and threatens to call the cops if it happens again? This also happens all the time and is not news.
Presumably the black guy in question called a reporter of the Washington Post because he wanted this awful example of racism known... my question when I read it initially was - the guy lives one floor below you - does he know your name or what color you are? Or just that you were "stomping around" at 1:30 in the morning?
Why assume he knew anything about you except that you lived directly above him?