Ferguson, Missouri careened into the national spotlight last year with the shooting of Michael Brown.

Soon after the shooting, liberal pundits and protestors created a national movement of “Hands up, don’t shoot!” in response to the claim that Brown had his hands in the air when he was shot.

Ferguson opened the floodgates, so to speak, regarding race and unarmed confrontation and no matter what you think about the issue it’s been inflammatory and racially charged.

Unfortunately, it seems that the only time that shootings garner national media attention is when it is a black person who has been shot, and not when they are the one doing the shooting.

Three African-American teenagers recently robbed and murdered a 51-year-old white man at gunpoint in Philadelphia. What makes the lack of media attention even more startling regarding the issue is that Patrick Stuhlman, the victim, apparently had his hands up and plead with his attackers not to shoot.

There are a lot of possibilities for reasons why this attack didn’t garner the same attention as that of Michael Brown. The victim in the Philadelphia shooting was older and so the attack didn’t carry the emotion that the killing of a young person does. Also, the attack happened in Philadelphia which ranks in the middle of the top-100 most dangerous cities in America while Ferguson wasn’t even on the list.

However, what seems the more likely reason for the lack of media attention over this recent black-on-white killing is the fact that high-profile media personalities didn’t get involved to stir up resentment and anger.

It’s sad, but it seems that the squeaky wheel still gets the grease, and the killing of a black teenager by a white man somehow still outweighs the killing of a white person.

We all know and understand that killing in any form should sadden and frighten us equally. Life is precious. But no life is inherently more precious or more worthy of outrage simply by virtue of the color of the skin holding that life in.

Why aren’t more media outlets using this comparison between a Philadelphia shooting and the Ferguson case? Probably because they’re frightened that the comparison will somehow backfire and give left-leaning media personalities like Al Sharpton the chance to put their organization in the crosshairs.

It’s sad that America isn’t grown-up enough to deal with death on an equal footing. We still somehow feel the need to express guilt over racial tensions that haven’t run rampant in our country for decades and that guilt makes the death of a black person more important than the death of a white person. It’s time to grow up.


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