TKC Saturday Night Playlist!!! Disparity In Decapitation Vs. Shocking Home Shooting Slaughter: Was Coverage Of Kansas City Youngsters Killed Racist???
Death makes equals of us all.
The question of mortality is something that all people must confront and recently locals who follow the Kansas City news raise the important question of disparity in the coverage of recent deadly tragedies involving local youngsters on opposite sides of town in every way.
In one instance, a youngster was reportedly decapitated in a horrific tragedy on a water slide and the story resonated around the world.
About a week later, two youngsters were killed in their home and one reportedly snuggled up to the other as they were dying.
Here's a rundown regarding the similarities . . .
- Both stories offer insight into a public health threat that could put others at risk.
- Both tragedies were probably preventable . . .
- Both events ended innocent lives and the community was shocked in the aftermath.
Here's the kicker . . . In BOTH stories there is a call to "move on" and avoid thinking too much about the details of the horrific deaths that might serve to better inform the public.
Still . . . There's no denying that the decapitation aspect of the water slide story was a part of the international fascination with the water slide story . . . That doesn't happen every day. Sadly, innocent African-American youngsters killed in their community is a far too regular occurrence. Only the very young age of the recent victims has raised alarm for their community.
In a perfect world there should be room in local news headlines to examine both tragedies but let's go one step further and realize that there are far more people interested in the RESURRECTED KANSAS CITY ROYALS RALLY MANTIS than either one of theses stories.
To be fair . . . People have their own problems and a constant cycle of horrific news risks driving locals away from corporate media coverage . . . However . . .
In Kansas City, pathological politeness rules the day and the dreadful culture of this town tends to constantly turn away from anything too unpleasant.
In the end, none of this makes the tragedies that killed three youngsters any less gruesome or lamentable but merely reminds us that there is culture war, media and racism debate for some people even in the face of death while this town's instinct is to stifle ANY conversation that might change the status quo.
And this inspires our playlist for tonight . . .
As always, thank you for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.