Why it makes sense to highlight the plights of people of color and women

George Stinney

Two of the reasons why crimes against “people of color” (not a fan of that phrase, but I’m going to use it anyway) tend to get, and deserve, more attention is to atone for the heinous shit that has happened in the past, and, more importantly, to combat the systemic racism that continues to permeate society today. Crimes against women also get, and deserve, more attention to highlight the problem of systemic sexism.

Despite the addition of a few laws, oppressive constructs are still in place for many people. Misogyny and violence against women are still major and immediate problems, and black males—as young as 12-years old—are still overwhelmingly treated like criminals by a police force that’s supposed to be held to a higher standard than civilians.

Of course crimes against white males should be addressed, but we shouldn’t hold it against anyone if they choose to focus a little more on the crimes against people of color and women.

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The News Media Might Be a Problem

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The news media has more power and influence than we realize. I’d go as far as to say that their “narratives”, which are often one-sided, steeped in personal opinions, and centered almost entirely on the negative, have become catalysts for inciting hostility and widening divisions in our country.

When a crime is committed, they quickly establish heroes and villains before all of the information is available and verified. Those who have had genuine histories with similar villains get mad, and those who don’t believe the villain is as awful as presented get mad. Everyone gets mad. And with all of us emotionally attached through our mutual anger, we tune in to follow the story.

I believe that CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and several of the other mainstream media outlets are full of shit. They don’t care about objective journalism anymore, and they’re playing us in a competition to see who can exploit our emotions the best for ratings.