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Of bikers and thugs in the Unites States

There was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured. "About 170 bikers were charged with engaging in organised crime linked to capital murder," The New York Times reported.

According to The Waco Tribune-Herald, "officials have found 1,000 weapons tucked into kitchen areas, vehicles and toilets," and those weapons included chains with padlocks, pocketknives, assault knives, batons and even an AK-47. They also found body armour.

But the tone and tenor of the rhetoric the media used to describe this event — particularly early on — were in stark contrast to the language used to describe the protests over the killings of black men by the police.

In Waco, the words used to describe the participants in a shootout so violent that a local police spokesman called the crime scene the bloodiest he had ever seen included "biker clubs," "gangs" and "outlaw...

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