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Last week a man put on body armor, took a rifle, another gun, and a load of ammo and left his home looking to cause harm. With mass shootings in the news, you would expect this to have been a big news story. When I woke up this morning, one of the top stories on Google News was . . .
But that is not the guy I am talking about. The gunmen I saw on the local news shot four people killing one in Irvington, New Jersey. A 20-year-old man was killed and three police officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The officers eventually shot and killed the gunman. A horrible story but somehow less newsworthy than a failed gunman Missouri? Why?
The man in Missouri went into a Walmart. The El Paso shooting took place in a Walmart, so I can see the connection. Still, a well-armed shooter who, if not stopped by the police, could have killed many more, certainly sounds like a big story. Especially with what has been in the news the past week.
Irvington has a predominantly black population and the shooter was black. I haven’t seen details about the man killed or the police officers but there is a good chance they are black as well. Should that matter? My question to the media is: does the newsworthiness of a shooting depend on the race of the shooter and/or victim?
The media tells us what we should be outraged about and, sadly, our politicians take action based on those decisions. So I am curious: when exactly do Black Lives Matter?