The news of Otto Warmbier’s passing is tragic. He was a popular student at the University of Virginia, and by all means a great kid with a bright future ahead of him. Sadly, he spent the last year of his life languishing in a North Korean prison for the ridiculous crime of stealing a hotel poster (a crime that has been cast in doubt as terrible footage provided by North Korea of the incident proves nothing).
Warmbier should never have traveled to North Korea, but that is beside the point. He meant well and did not deserve such horrors. Everyone should be devastated by his death following his return from the Hermit Kingdom. Everyone also should’ve been upset that he was even sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the first place. However, some appeared last year to be happy at his predicament.
Progressive media outlets proved not to be remorseful of his suffering. Lefty sites like HuffPost and Salon actually had a problem with Otto Warmbier. They lamented the fact that he was white and a member of a fraternity.
Look at this cruel headline posted by Salon covering the student’s arrest:
Salon didn’t stop there. They tweeted the piece with even more vicious content. The tweet included a crying Warmbier with the acronym “ASS” under him. The acronym being a clear jab at his fraternity membership:
Not to be outdone, HuffPost also published an article during that time with the headline, “North Korea proves your white male privilege isn’t universal.”
The HuffPost article written by La Sha was filled with overtly racists remarks. At one point she writes, “What a bummer to realize that even the State Department with all its influence and power cannot assure your pardon. What a wake-up call it is to realize that your tears are met with indifference.”
At a time when we should have been saddened by Otto Warmbier’s arrest, elements on the left reveled in his misery. To them, Warmbier was the combination of two things they hate so much in our society: a white man and… (gasp!) a frat boy. Consumed with identity politics, many on the left could only see a white man who never suffered a day in his life and “had it coming.” They did not see a kindhearted 21-year-old who was put in a horrific situation.
Upholding simple standards of journalism shows that Warmbier’s alleged crime was likely a hoax altogether. His father believes he was coerced into confessing he stole the poster. British citizen Danny Gratton, Warmbier’s roommate during the North Korea trip, does not believe that’s him in the footage.
A report by Heat Street states that neither Salon nor HuffPost have retracted or apologized for their incendiary articles – not even after Warmbier’s death.
Tell me again why white men have left the Democratic Party in droves.