The murder of Nia Wilson has made me wonder just what the heck is going on. I understand why African-Americans are outraged at police brutality. These are agents of the government doing wrong and just saying, “what about black on black crime?” doesn’t make it less of an issue. Police shooting black people under situations where they would probably not shoot whites is a serious national issue.
But in this case, a civilian white dude murders an African-American girl, and it becomes a national issue with protests, and in the hours after the murder there were calls by prominent civil rights Twitterers like Shaun King for everyone to be on the look out for this guy and see that he’s brought to justice.
Meanwhile, in Maryland, a 7 year old girl is shot in the back of the head. Strictly a local story:
She did later die.
A few days earlier, an elderly Latino man was brutally beaten. While his assaulters were at large and unknown to the media, it was a national news story. Again, Shaun King put out an “all hands on deck” alert to identify the bastard that did this. But as soon as the perp was found to be black, he deleted all tweets associated with the case and much of the media lost interest in the story.
So help me understand what’s going on here. Do minority lives only matter when whites are the perpetrators?