17 May

Why isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting a ‘national tragedy’?

A good question. I don’t watch news/have cable, so I hadn’t realized it had completely dropped out of the nation’s collective mind. What a fucking indictment of mainstream america. Unless it happens in middle class areas, it isn’t real:

“Now take a moment and imagine a Mother’s Day Parade in the suburbs of Denver, a neighborhood in Edina or a plaza in Austin where bullets rain down on civilians and even hit children. I can’t help but imagine the around-the-clock news coverage. And I can’t help but think it’s because most of America can identify with the fear of being bombarded with gunfire while just enjoying a parade in the middle of town. But America can’t identify with being at a parade in the ‘inner city’ where ‘gang violence’ erupts. The ‘oh my God, that could happen to me’ factor isn’t present with a story about New Orleans or the Chicago southside.”

(Via Why isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting a ‘national tragedy’? | Portside.)