However, there are some key differences betwen this case and the Duke rape case and the Howard Beach murder she refers to specifically in her article.
1) The motive in this case seems to be limited to robbery even though one of the assailants reportedly screamed, "Get whitey."
2) The accused in this case were considered part of a gang and not upstanding citizens or star athletes.
3) No one is supporting the alleged criminals just because the victim did something (give away pocket change) that caught the attention of the men who chased him into traffic.
4) The NYPD hate-crimes unit is investigating this crime so there isn't any perception that those in authority over the alleged assailants are ignoring a serious problem because of the race of the victim.
Before you read Michelle's article, read this account of the Howard Beach murder
Michelle Malkin's article