The new year has brought with it unspeakable acts of violence: the bombing of an NAACP office in Colorado, a shooting spree at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris, and the invasion of Baga, Nigeria by Boko Haram.
The NAACP bombing was a failed attempt by a white man to kill members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who called for further investigation of the jury that let Darren Wilson walk free. This attack was largely ignored by the media, which angered many on social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed, though there was damage to the building.
The Charlie Hebdo shooting was an assault on the headquarters of a satirical newspaper in Paris carried out by Muslim jihadists. Charlie Hebdo often satirizes religion, which offended the gunmen and motivated the attack. It received extensive media coverage and sparked many heated debates. 12 were killed, with 11 others injured.
The Baga massacre was the invasion of Baga, Nigeria by Boko Haram, a Muslim extremist group in western Africa. They overpowered the military, seized their weapons and vehicles, murdered civilians, kidnapped young girls, completely destroyed the city and surrounding villages, and are now in control of 70% of the state. The government strongly denied the attacks at first, but word spread quickly from the mouths of the survivors. This event received no media coverage at all in the United States. Not even social media is talking about it. The attacks resulted in 2,000 dead or missing, and 35,000 displaced. Two thousand dead. Thirty five thousand homeless. And no one is talking about it.
All of these are horrendous acts of terrorism. So why is it that only the Charlie Hebdo attacks got media coverage?
The NAACP bombing is a result of the Ferguson unrest, which the media blamed the black protesters for. POC on social media rallied, speaking of things like oppression and injustice. When something bad happens to black people in America, the only ones who care are black people. And that’s horrible.
The Charlie Hebdo attack was an incident in which white people were killed by Muslim terrorists after practicing their freedom of speech (in a horrible way IMO). The media rushed to cover the event, and did so extensively. It seems as if the West hates Muslims and loves white people, so the event received coverage.
The Baga invasion was an attack by Africans against Africans. No one bothered to talk about it. No matter how high the death toll is, Americans don’t care about what happens in Africa, and that includes POC’s and slacktivist bloggers.
I would just say America is a racist, selfish country, only looking out for its own interests. But it seems like the media make it seem as if plenty of other leading countries are the same. If the people of today don’t unite and do anything about situations like the one in Baga, alongside the many others I honestly believe nobody has the right to preach about how much #blacklivesmatter