It’s been a minute since I posted anything on here, #GradSchoolProbz, but now that it’s fall break, I have a little bit of time on my hands. So anyways. As I’ve scrolled through Facebook I’ve seen one particular news story show up time and time again. Click here if you want to read the whole thing. But for time’s sake, I’ll just give you the title. “BLACK THUG: Shoots Newlywed Soldier and Kills His Pregnant Wife, No Word from RACE-BATIERS”
Here’s why I have a problem with this:
1) The people that i’ve seen posting this story have all be white males. I guess they forget about this thing called “white privilege” and will never personally experience racism a day in their life.
2) The title. If this story were reversed, meaning a white teen entered the home of an African American couple, and the husband just so happened to be a solider and the wife was pregnant, the world “THUG” never would have been brought up; nor would it have been capitalized. It’s sickening. Let’s rework this headline and see if we can’t come up with something a little more appropriate. “Soldier and Newlywed Wife lose life in their own home after interrupting a burglary”. Still attention grabbing, but it’s not so much about race anymore. Isn’t that what the media should be doing? Presenting the story as is? NOT making it about race when it doesn’t have to be?
3) The reason Jesse Jackson still has a job is because of articles like this. Here’s the thing, the reason that people protested cases like Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin is because they too were innocently killed, but received no justice. Now whether you believe that has something to do with their skin color is a debate you need to have with yourself. However, this couple received justice. I’m not taking away from the horrible crime committed, it’s devastating, but this kid was tried as an adult and was convicted and sentenced to life in jail for a double-murder. Now, whether you want to believe they received justice because they are white is also up to you, but in my opinion, I think it’s because this guy actually did it and got caught and now he’s paying the price. I can only pray for all of the families involved. Also, especially for the Mike Brown shooting, that was about a cop taking advantage of his badge and shooting an innocent victim. It just so happened to be a white man shooting a black teen for absolutely no reason at all in a town where tension between the African American community and cops has been at an all time high for decades now. People of all skin tones commit crimes every day. But the percentage of black-on-black crime is much higher than black-on-white, so don’t get it twisted. Don’t believe me? Check out this blog. I know it’s not a news article, but they seem to have their facts in order.
3) Instead of focusing on the fact that a soldier lost his life in his own home, the author choses to focus on the man that burglarized the home. Instead of focusing on the hideousness of this act, the author choses to focus on race. I quote Jon Stewart for this, “Wanna know who talks about race? Racists.”
So please, if you read this and you don’t agree, that’s fine, but do not come to me and say that I am the one that made it about race. The author, and the people who are continuing to post this trash are the ones that made it about race. The day that a news article can be posted without having to give information about race, will be a day that the media can no longer make things about race and then cry “BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT RACE”. I’m tired of it. It is 2014. These debates shouldn’t even be had anymore.
Peace, Love, Cats,