The two headlines that tell you a story about racism in America

On Saturday a young woman was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A group under the name 'Unite the Right' conducted an unsanctioned protest against plans to remove a statue to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Those on the march carried flags of the confederacy and were photographed performing the Nazi salute.

At nightfall, some carried burning torches, and there were reports of white supremacist chants.

On Saturday, a car was driven into a crowd of counter-protestors by a suspected white supremacist, killing Heather Heyer, aged 32.

She and others were in Charlottesville to form a counter-protest to Unite the Right.

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted his condolences to Heyer's family, but also condemned 'violence and bigotry on many sides'.

He did not single out the actions of white supremacists or Unite the Right for condemnation.

America's racial problem

Charlottesville is part of a wider narrative about America's racial bias.

The society, which was built on slavery, still bears its scars.

How the media reports crime is one manifestation of this. This was seen in the media's coverage of the crimes of Brock Turner and Keith Lamont Scott respectively.

Both were reported on in 2016, but the media handled both cases extremely differently.

Scott was shot and killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. The incident took place on Interstate Highway 83 which quickly became a sight for vigil and protest.

Some portions of the American media chose to highlight Scott's criminal record.

Scott was unarmed when the police shot him.

Contrast this to the case of Brock Turner, a man found three counts of sexual assault, had his swimming accolades celebrated and prestigious school mentioned.

This headline from Associated Press did just that:

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