This is the world we live in, any real issues are swept under the rug because they provide favorable outcomes to those that are truly involved with the matter. But god forbid an event occur that allows a station to pull ratings and they're all over it.
The South Carolina shooting is neither surprising nor as influential as it's being made to seem, but what it is, is a crazy white kid that shot up a black church. Let's plaster it all over the news, get our ratings up and pretend to care. We can even use it to spin our agenda to show that we agree that it's racially motivated and that blacks are getting the short end of the stick.
Why does this fuel the fire? Because we all know the racist nature that resides within humans and it's a hot topic of discussion due to the many different views of the matter.
But let's compare this incident to what's currently happening in Chicago. I'm sure many are sick of me beating a dead horse, but with Chicago being my home I always follow along with what occurs on any given day due to it's volatile nature in the western and southern regions.
While people were outraged on Twitter tonight over South Carolina, which left 9 dead, I saw at least 10 shot within a 5 hour window in Chicago. Accounts like @SPOTNEWSonIG are constantly tweeting scanner activity to the masses -- not one person other than those that tweet out the scanner reports has made any commentary about it. This happens every night, this isn't a freak occurrence, this isn't a one time act that a morbid individual decided to engage in.
This is gentrification.
Let them kill themselves, why not. It doesn't fall over into the nicer suburbs, it's black on black, why report on it? Why even address a statistic, if it goes unreported it means it isn't happening. Right?
If it doesn't serve to bring a newscaster stardom, it's an irrelevant occurrence that they couldn't care less about. One incident from earlier today had struck me when I read the article, but nobody was talking about it.
A 15 year old, aspiring to be a basketball star, was shot in the chest and died shortly thereafter. Why was he shot? He had left the basketball court and there was a crowd around two women fighting so he went to watch. A shooter shows up and lights up the crowd, hitting him in the chest.
What did he tell his mother leading up to the incident? He was trying to be the next D. Rose, his idol. He wanted to get them out of the hood and on to greener pastures through basketball.
The reason it doesn't matter is because they come from predetermined fates -- they'll either be a ball player, a dope dealer, a shooter, or a rapper. What else is there to aspire to when you grow up in those surroundings?
It's exhausting and disheartening seeing how people take to racial matters when the primary issue comes from within. When it isn't a headline it doesn't matter. The american public is far too naive and blinded by political agendas and ratings to focus on true issues.
South Carolina will blow over by July and we'll be on to the next police battery incident that occurs, or maybe this occurred to take the spotlight off of police violence. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but there are multiple underlying agendas in everything that's produced on national news networks.
Until real issues are addressed, the general populous will continue to remain in an emotional state trying to combat issues that they're told they should be focused on, because it's whats in front of them at the time.