Riding while white
Blogger Cicero writes at The Big Lie on Parade:
A black woman got on a bus in Philadelphia and just started beating on a white male passenger. Maybe we need a new category for white public transportation riders beaten by blacks for no apparent reason? Riding while white.Cicero has the video. Here is the story, from Philly.com:
Philadelphia Police have released a video of a beating on a SEPTA bus in hopes of apprehending the woman who committed the assault.The story says the woman is black. In some, but far from all (it would be interesting to know the percentage), news stories concerning a black at-large criminal, the media do condescend do describe the criminal by race.
Also, note the unexplained initials SEPTA. Evidently this is the name of the public transit system in Philadelphia. But if you don’t live in Philadelphia, how would you know what the letters stand for?
The same irritating practice is followed by every local news outlet in the country. The editors of these publications all act as though their only readers are from the local area and do not need to have the initials explained.
The use of unexplained initials, acronyms, or technical terms is a sign of thoughtlessness. In any piece of writing, an acronym should be written out in full in its first appearance.