In our society we recognize different kinds of violence. We understand, for instance, that lynching enjoys a particular place in American history. We generally grant that Emmett Till was not merely murdered, but that he was murdered in a fashion that places his death in a specifically heinous tradition in our history. And thus we understand that what happened to Till, or what James Byrd, or what happened to Sam Hose is not the same thing as what happened to Tupac Shakur or Sam Cooke. This does not mean that what happened to Shakur or Cooke was good. It means that it wasn’t a lynching.
Ta-Nehisi Coates. “No, Hope Solo Is Not ‘Like’ Ray Rice.” The Atlantic.
Coates’s analysis of the comparison between Ray Rice and Hope Solo is dead on.