Monday, August 25, 2014

For The Media, Not All Murders Are Created Equal

Every day, children around the country are murdered for no reason — caught in the crossfire during drive by shootings, killed by abusive parents, murdered in cold blood over silly juvenile disputes. Yet it seems like the only time that anyone pays attention is when the police are the ones that pull the trigger. 

That is why it is so hard to take it seriously when the media goes into a feeding frenzy over something like the events in Ferguson, MO.  Michael Brown didn’t deserve to die, but neither have the dozens of children, many of them who are younger than Brown, who have been killed in the two weeks since Brown’s death.

Here are just a few of the killings that have taken place over the past few days:

In Georgia, a boy was shot to death just hours after celebrating his 13th birthday.  A 17 year old has been arrested and charged with the crime, which police believe may be a case of mistaken identity. 

In Chicago, a three year old is in critical condition after accidentally being shot in the head. His father fled the seen and is being sought for questioning. 

In Pennsylvania, an eighteen year old was shot and killed by a fifteen year old while sitting in a parked car. 

Where were the TV cameras? Where are the protests? Where is Attorney General Eric Holder? 

If politicians and the media devoted half the attention to everyday murders as they do to “police violence”, maybe some of these children would still be alive today. 

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