• The Gun-Related Crimes the Media Doesn’t Obsess Over

    The American media spend a lot of time gleefully devoting wall-to-wall coverage to stories about white cops killing black people because that narrative plays well for ratings and opportunistic politicians and activists. Most of those incidences don’t involve white cops just looking to shoot and kill black people. There’s often a resisting of arrest that jumpstarts those tragic events.

    Meanwhile, the American media is far less concerned with the actual plague of violence that results in hundreds of black bodies fillings up morgues across the country on a daily bases.

    Black people killing black people doesn’t drive up TV ratings. And Al Sharpton, Obama, and Jesse jackson will pay lip service to those crimes, at best.

    Chicago is perhaps ground zero for the clear and present plague of black-on-black crime in America’s urban areas.

    Nearly 50 people were wounded and seven were killed in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend. There won’t be any national rallies for peace. Al Sharpton won’t be televised eulogizing the victims. President Obama won’t give a national statement calling attention to the river of blood pouring into the streets where he once organized for positive change.

    But the truth is that black people–the media, professional activists, politicians–aren’t nearly as indignant about young black males killing other blacks as they are about the rare instance of a white cop killing a black male–even though the former wreaks ten times more havoc in black communities than the latter.

    Millions of Americans won’t know the name of the seven-year-old boy, Amari Brown, who was shot and killed in Chicago while watching a fireworks show. The bullet, police say, was intended for his father who’s a gang leader with 45 arrests on his extensive record.

    It is a sad state of affairs, indeed.

    When solutions are offered, the focus from officials is on “illegal guns” and not on the criminals committing the crimes.

    “We need some help here, folks,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “We have to fix this broken system.”

    It’s easy for McCarthy and his ilk of politically weak elected officials to blame guns as the problem. It’s much harder for Obama, Sharpton, and the media to admit that this violence is largely black-on-black, gang related, and fueled by drug and turf wars and bureaucratic incompetence.

    Hopefully one day I’ll be able to write a new narrative, a prevailing one about the media paying more attention to the scourge of violence in America’s urban areas.

    Hopefully, one day soon.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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