isitkin on Oct 6th 2011 at 9:49:47 AM
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isitkin on Oct 7th 2011 at 6:23:01 AM
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Trope Namer is The Bonfire Of The Vanities, written by Tom Wolfe. In the novel, the District Attorney, Abe Weiss, is nicknamed Captain Ahab because he obsessively hunts for the Great White Defendant, a hoped-for criminal that will assuage his sense of impropriety and guilt over being a non-minority, but required by his job to prosecute minority criminals. Because of the way the Great White Defendant fills a physchological and political need of the prosecutor, he will pursue the case obsessively, even though it becomes clear the defendant is not actually, y'know, guilty. He's an Acceptable Target.
The defendant has usually done something, or is accused of having done something to harmed someone who is a racially Once Acceptable Target.
Compare Missing White Woman Syndrome.
- The Bonfire Of The Vanities : the trope namer.
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