With all the media coverage surrounding recent shootings involving schools and the latest call to stricter gun laws, I am appalled at the level of attention that has been given to these shootings. These are tragedies, each and every one. I applaud the students in Florida for taking action and making their voices heard. The hypocrisy of the media is inexcusable.
First of all, the media has given far more attention to these tragedies than they do any other gun related homicide. The only gun violence stories you will see on the national news networks are stories that involve shock value. Local and regional news even leave something to be desired in this area. News services and news channels decide what stories are “newsworthy” or not.
Now for the harsh reality of this situation. This is just another case of white privilege in action and media hypocrisy. We wait until this problem hits white suburbia. Children of inner cities and other non white neighborhoods have been deemed collateral damage of gun violence for too long. They are victims just like these white kids that are now crying, “Enough!” Accept the voices of these slain children will not be heard. The media counts them as gang combatants “offing” each other. When a non-white child is killed because they get caught in the line of fire in a shooting, the media gives a body count for the incident and it’s on to the next story. These children, that are murdered have no voice, no one tells their stories, and frankly the media doesn’t care! These victims of gun violence bleed just as red as those slain at Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. However, the government will not hear their stories, and the media will not tell the stories of these fallen who avoid trouble, work hard in school, and of their other successes. These victims will be laid to rest and conveniently forgotten by everyone except for those that knew and loved them.