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O'Reilly: Black victims of crime should matter, too 

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A highly-publicized tragedy suffered by a Long Island family in recent weeks inadvertently touched a wound long felt by Black Americans.

Why, many African Americans ask, is more attention so often given to white crime victims than to crime victims of color?

The implication is that Black lives don't matter as much as white lives in the eyes of many Americans. Indeed, the question gave rise to a movement. Is there truth to it?

It's a fair question, and one that makes me a tiny bit uncomfortable because, if I'm to be completely honest, I instinctively differentiate crimes in my mind based on where they occur. I wish I didn't, but I do.

If I encounter a newspaper headline about a murder in a leafy suburban village, I read on. It strikes me as news because it's rare. If I see a headline about an inner-city shooting, I'm more likely to flip the page, not because I don't care, and not because........

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