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What's not making national news.

  • Mar. 24th, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Have you even heard the name Tailar Davis? High school valedictorian, nursing student, female, black. Capped in the back of her head. Along with her boyfriend. Do a Google News search for her name. Here, I'll even link it.

Your search - "tailar davis" - did not match any news results.

Not a god. damned. thing.

People - on all sides of the Zimmerman/Martin issue - you are being played. The very fact that you have allowed this story to be selected for you is the point. Black kids are dying at a rate six times the rate of white kids. But that's not an issue. That doesn't make the news. It doesn't get discussed. In fact, even approaching the topic is likely to get you branded a racist. Never mind that this is one racial disparity that results in dead bodies, day after day, month after month, year after year.

How can you fix a problem you can't talk about? You can't. That, I think, is by design. Think about how much different the world would be if we really cared about saving lives. What would we do if we actually wanted to address the bulk of the problem?

Well, for one, we'd legalize drugs. But we can't do that for reasons. And those reasons are why you have to be distracted by George Zimmerman and Teyvon Martin. And that's why you don't know the name of Tailar Davis.

Except now you do. What you do with that knowledge is up to you.


gwendally wrote:
Mar. 24th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what your point is here: that no one minds two people getting killed in Detroit? Of course that's wrong. It's not even a teeny bit controversial. Just wrong. No thorny issues whatsoever. And people *were* talking about it: that's a press conference you're seeing being filmed. And money is being thrown at it - those were rewards for information being advertised.

What do *you* propose we do about it?

ETA: oh, I see, you were being outraged because it didn't make the NATIONAL news. Um, you understand that isn't to INFORM, right? That's to sell advertisement. Advertisement is sold through righteous indignation. Grief porn is good to a point, but we need ever bigger fixes of grief porn to sell ads now. Princess Diana or Michael Jackson will do it. Whitney Houston's death made a blip. It's not like we ignore deaths of black people. It's that we ignore deaths period at the national level. It doesn't sell ads.

The solution here is to stop thinking that the national news is meant to inform you. It really isn't. It's to capture your eyeballs to sell you ads.

Edited at 2012-03-24 10:53 pm (UTC)
darthzeth wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I don't think it's just about "The Media" and selling advertising. There are social networking petitions, protests, general outrage. Tailar Davis isn't just a story. It's a cause. People are making a big deal out of it because it fuels a narrative.

Or, at least they thought it did. Turns out the shooter was hispanic, not white. So the folks crying racism have some humming and hawing to do before they settle on a new story. So far I've seen some going for "Well, hispanics can be racist too, I guess," despite the many many people who say that only those with power (ie: whites) can be racist. But others are trying to make it about the Stand Your Ground law. Although that aspect might have been there from the start anyway.

This isn't a cause or a national story or a social media phenomenon because a black guy died. That happens all the time, and no one cares. No one is carrying signs at protests calling for 'justice' for the rest of the dead.
ernunnos wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
According to Google, it didn't make the news, period. They don't consider any of the sources that report it news sources.

Imagine if white children were being murdered 6x as often as they are now. What do you think would be done about that? Do you think it would "sell advertising"? That's what I want for black children.
gwendally wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Violence exists and bad things happen. This is not newsworthy. White children die of cystic fibrosis more than black kids. Have you seen any national news stories lately about kids dying of terrible diseases? No? Why not?

That's not what news is.

Do not make the mistake of assuming that the lack of news articles means people don't mind. Mindless chatter of gossipers and blatherers on blogs doesn't have anything to do with what people do that is important.

Today I worked with a couple who have just inherited their grandkids who are 5 and 7. The parents of the kids are heroin addicts. One of them is blind and unemployable, the other is in prison. The grandparents are seeking funding to be able to afford to raise these boys. I helped with that.

My mother-in-law spent most of her life working in early childhood education, including a "parents as teachers" outreach program to parents of preschoolers to teach them parenting skills.

I've worked on an anti-bullying curriculum in our middle school, and advocated (and won) gifted and talented education in my town.

There are lots of ways to provide paths out of poverty and despair. Pick one. Watching the news doesn't happen to be one of my methods.