From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns
Paul Elias, Associated Press Updated 11:17 am, Sunday, March 26, 2017
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.
Soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”
Even in famously liberal Berkeley, with its long history of protest, the uproar came as a surprise, overwhelming the online news site, www.berkeleyside.com, that first reported on Gomez’s preference.
“I didn’t see it as something that would anger anyone,” reporter Emilie Raguso said. …
Hours earlier on Jan. 6, police found Kiana Schmitt, 24, seriously injured outside an apartment just north of campus. Police have declined to say how Schmitt was connected to Gomez.
They were, at minimum, colleagues / rivals in the ultra-competitive Social Justice Jihadi racket.
Gomez was arrested Jan. 7 at a Burbank hospital near the Southern California home of Gomez’s parents.
In other words, Gomez, wanted for murdering one woman and almost murdering another, as well as two more felonies, was a fugitive desperado on the run while the Great Pronoun Debate was underway. Here’s Berkeleyside’s January 6th article that attracted some bemused attention in the dissident media and is now finally spreading to the MSM:
January 6, 2017 11:46 pm
by Emilie Raguso
Police are looking for a person described as armed and dangerous who authorities say is responsible for Berkeley’s first homicide of 2017. …
Police have identified the wanted person as 24-year-old Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood. According to Gomez Jr.’s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside after publication to say that Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun “they.” This story has been updated.]
So may I make a non-satirical proposal for a journalist principle? Armed and dangerous fugitives from the law should be identified by whatever pronouns make their identification and arrest most likely.
In contrast, calling the desperado “they” just confuses readers as to whom they should be on the lookout for: Are they in danger from a man or a woman? One person or several?
Perhaps, we can indulge in the luxury of these postmodern academic debates about gender theory once the alleged murderer is safely locked up. But until then, the media should avoid obfuscating the lethal fugitive’s identity.
For example, Berkeleyside could have reported the hilarious pronoun detail, which might have proven useful in theorizing about where he might go to escape (probably not with, say, members of the Cal Bears football team), while adding something to clear up reader confusion, such as: “While Pablo Gomez tells people to refer to him as ‘they,’ he is actually male. And there is only one of him. You should be on the lookout for a small mestizo young man who is wanted for murder and attempted murder. Do not let confusion over pronouns turn you into the next victim of his stabbing spree.”