Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Are We Desensitized When a Child Is Shot to Death?

HERE is a good article from BET.com, articulating the need for us not to be desensitized to child shootings, especially in urban areas where reports are more commonplace, and the issue of race in relation to this issue.

Similar to unemployment and lack of job opportunities in the Motor City, a default answer would be race. Perhaps if the bloody, lifeless body of little Kade’jah were that of hipster and young suburbanite Sarah killed in her downtown loft, news stations would have been more interested.

Unfortunately, the reality remains that perhaps the death of the pre-teen wasn’t news-y enough. It wasn’t out of the norm. In a city that had 27 slayings in the first 30 days of the New Year, perhaps the death of the young girl was too ordinary of the “regular” news.

It’s disheartening to know that even child killings have become a commonplace, but the desensitization doesn’t stop with Kade’jah Davis. According to FBI figures, nearly 40 percent of all missing persons are people of color and critics say that the most media attention is reserved for white women.


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