Media: We don’t care about black people killed in mass shootings

12 people were killed in Aurora Colorado last year. All of the victims were white. The murders took place in a middle class community in the midst of the opening of a popular movie. The media loved it.

13 people were killed in Chicago earlier this week. All of the victims were African American and police say the shooting was gang related. That’s just a small portion of the total murders in Chicago. There have been 822 murders since January 2012. Almost all of those victims were African American.

Why doesn’t the media spend more time talking about crime prevention in poor neighborhoods and less time promoting mass shootings and making murderers famous. It’s no wonder that, according to Pew Research Center and Journalism.org,  people no longer trust the media.

“This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands. And findings from our new public opinion survey released in this report reveal that the public is taking notice. Nearly one-third of the respondents (31%) have deserted a news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to.”

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2 thoughts on “Media: We don’t care about black people killed in mass shootings

  1. John Barron

    This silence isn’t limited to partisan politicians or the media either. The usual race hustling suspects such as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are suspiciously silent. You may remember the marches and demands for justice when Saint Skittles was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. You may also remember when the unarmed teen was killed, no one blamed the gun. Trayvon Martin’s supporters then and now demand the shooter be held responsible for the teen’s death, not his weapon.

    It seems gun control is only an issue when white people get killed.

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    1. Atticus Post author

      Yeah – I’m not sure what’s up with that. (Other than the fact that Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are fake, self centered, talking heads). You would think that media and other resources would be dedicated to drawing attention to and stopping violence where it *really* occurs. In major urban areas of crime like Chicago and DC. Instead those areas are ignored (presumably because they aren’t “sexy” and fun to talk about) and left to perpetuate the cycle violence that already exists there.

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