TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! GUEST POST: KANSAS CITY MOTHER AND CHILD MURDERED ELICITS PHONY OUTRAGE!!!
TKC Note: The following is a GUEST POST from a new featured author we'll call "Sutcliffe" regarding the reax to a horrific weekend double homicide. We're posting this for a lot of reasons but mainly because it's the only alternative local opinion on the subject of homicide and the value of life in Kansas City and throughout popular culture. Check it:
Here We Go Again . . .
And I'm sick of it.
The "outrageous" double murder of a mother and child is sickening but if you change the genders and ages, it's a different headline and a different media and public reaction. It's a symbol of much of what is wrong with us.
Black teenage boys shoot each other every day with barely a headline. But when a mixed-race Latino with a nice Jewish name shoots a black teen in Florida we can feign national outrage.
Adults being shot get as much attention as a DUI checkpoint.
When a WWII vet is killed by thugs it is national news. Had they killed a peer, no one outside of Spokane would know or care.
When three thugs kill an Australian it is international news and the media calls for their hanging to save our national face. Had they killed a neighbor kid, we would be discussing the tragedy of them all being victims of their circumstances.
Let's be honest, the tragic story of this murdered mother and child is major news only because of the age of the child and the wailing audio. When this young child is killed we cry with rage and demand justice. The candlelight prayer vigils will be next. Yet if this same child had been killed in the womb we would have marched in defense the mother's decision to do so. Why is a child's life worthless and expendable before it is born but worthy of headlines, outrage and community rallies when it is lost afterwards?
Why is a black life worth more when taken by a white person?
Why is a white life worth more when taken by a black person?
Why is an elderly victim more valuable than a younger one?
Why is one life worth more than another?
It's not. But we assign relative value based on our own selfish needs of the moment.
Until we as a society assign equal value to ALL life at ALL times from conception to natural death and regardless of color, gender, orientation, neighborhood, age, or personal needs of the moment, we will only see more of this.
Meanwhile, stop the phony outrage.
NBC Action News: Slain young mother, daughter mourned
Fox4: Family wants answers after double homicide
KMBC: The AdHoc Group Against Crime plans to hold a vigil Sunday afternoon to honor a woman and her young daughter found slain Friday night.
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