When is race relevant to the New York Times?

Why is it that in its coverage today of the dead Muslim terrorist in France, the New York Times says only that he is a Frenchman that killed 7 people, with no indication whatsoever that he is of Arab descent? The very same paper, in covering the Sanford, Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, mentions in the first paragraph that the victim is black, and in the first sentence of the third paragraph that the alleged shooter is a white Hispanic.

Curious, isn't it?

Hat tip: Jake Rosenfeld.