Thursday, August 04, 2016
Why are the Media Obsessed with Missing and Victimized White Girls, and Why Do They Pay so Little Attention to Black Crime Victims?
[“Exclusive! Nkosi Thandiwe, Allied Barton Security Guard Charged with Murdering Brittney Watts was a High-Tech Stalker, Reports Atlanta Source; Company Adopts Bunker Mentality.”]
(N.S.: David in TN wrote the excellent essay below five years ago, as a comment on a story about black Nkosi Thandiwe's racially motivated, hate crime murder of white Brittney Watts, in Atlanta. For some reason, it didn't occur to me to publish it as a standalone blog article, probably because that thought rarely occurred to me, period, in those days. David's essay still stands up today, as if he'd just written it.)
By David in TN
Thanks for the follow-up on this story. There hasn't been any news on the web for nearly a month.
The MSM is often criticized for focusing on "missing white girl stories" or for not paying attention to black victims. Well, we know why.
If black victims are shown, you have to have the perpetrator as well.
Unfortunately, the perp will almost always be black. This is why you don't see that many black crime victims on the TV "crime" shows. An exception is A&E's "48 Hours."
As for the criticism of the emphasis on "white girl" crime victims, these too are selective. The perp (Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony, Joran Van Der Sloot, etc.) is always white.
In other words, these heavily-publicized cases usually have Tom Wolfe's Great White Defendant.
The Eve Carson murder was on the cable shows when the news broke, Nancy Grace's show, for example. My feeling is they thought (hoped) the perp was a rich white boyfriend. When the killers turned out to be two black street thugs, Nancy Grace never mentioned the story again.
The Lauren Burk murder was also reported on some cable shows, but the story was dropped after the perp was identified.
If Natalie Holloway had been carjacked and murdered in her native Birmingham, Alabama area (she lived in an affluent white suburb)by the Usual Suspects, how much national publicity would it have received?
The murder of Brittney Watts is a compelling story. An attractive young woman was murdered by a security guard who had surveilled her with electronic equipment. The suspect is from a politically connected family.
Do you think Law & Order: SVU will rip this one from the headlines?