Friday, February 27, 2009

Black, White, Or Other? : Whoop Dat' Trick!

Stereotypes are a way of life in America. We feed into them so readily that they take on a life of their own. But just how well do you really know your racial stereotypes?

Black, White, Or Other? lists a particularly heinous crime/news story, with incriminating bits of info omitted for the sake of confidentiality. Your job is to guess whether the protagonist is black, white, or the omnipresent "other", and to tell why you guessed how you did. The best guessplanation wins a week's supply of Cyber CapriSuns. And yeah, you could prolly Google the news story to find out the race of the person, but what sorta loser does that? Seriously. And if you already know about the story, and thus the answer, sit this one out. Be a good sport. Don't cheat.

Anyways, here's today's entry.
A man and woman arranged through a prominent Internet site to meet Sunday in {redacted} County, but it apparently did not go well, and the man was allegedly attacked with a high-heeled shoe, county police said. They said a 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were arrested on prostitution-related charges.

Police said they went to a hotel in the 3100 block of {redacted} in the {redacted}area of the county about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after a fight was reported.

They said they determined that a man had responded to an advertisement on Craigslist and arranged to meet a woman at the hotel. However, police said, an argument broke out in a room over what police described as "missing money."

The dispute became physical, a police statement said, and the woman "allegedly assaulted the man with her high-heeled shoe."

Police said {redacted}, 24, of {redacted}, was charged with prostitution and simple assault. They said {redacted}, 21, of {redacted} was charged with solicitation of prostitution.

They said he was issued a summons, released and then taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

Neither could be reached last night.

On its Web site, Craigslist describes itself as "local classifieds and forums" in more than 500 cities, on which "just about anything" can be found. It says the overwhelming majority of users are trustworthy and well-intentioned.
Question: Are the lady of the evening and the john in this story Black, White, or Other?

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