Or, as I would put it — and I always say the same thing about murdered/missing prostitutes and homeless people — if you remove yourself from society, then its harder for society to find you when you’re lost.
If you set up your entire life so that you’ll disappear, then when you do, it’s harder for normal people to care, and for good people to track you down.
PS: Dear outraged Chicago black people and/or liberals: how about you just STOP SHOOTING EACH OTHER instead of doing “media literacy” exercises the next day?
Anyway, a “Chicago Tribune employee” defends the RedEye commuter paper from charges of “racism”:
A photo of a story in the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye sparked righteous indignation among thousands on Facebook who believe the devotion of 300-some words to a single shooting in a “white” part of Chicago while four other shootings in “black” neighborhoods were summarized in 20-some words is proof of structural racism in the mainstream media.
The notion that journalists in a major metro’s newsroom would prioritize coverage based on race or socio economic status is laughable to anyone who has worked in such a place. We all know that you get the story that you can get when deadline is looming. And a look at the Tribune version of the story reveals that the north side shooting that got the bulk of the space in this story simply had the meatiest narrative. There were details (names, ages) of the victims in the other four shootings, but the narratives lacked the punch to lead the story, in my opinion. (…)
A middle class person simply has more of a “paper trail” and is more likely to get more space in the paper for a host of reasons: they’ve been mentioned in the news before; they have things like Facebook pages; their relatives are more likely to have land line phones and thus be listed in the phone book; they may have professional licenses or voter registration records; and they likely have a credit record, so they show up in databases like Nexis.
A poor person is likely to have none of that.
On top of that, there are often language barriers and plain old distrust that keep people in poor neighborhoods from speaking to reporters.