Why Is the Media so Mum on Austin, Texas Bombings?

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Austin City Police going door to door seeking information in three related bombings that have killed two and injured another. Notice the body language of the officer. Photo Credit: CNN

Why is the mainstream media so mum on the Austin bombings?

Last month when news sweep through newsrooms across America that an active shooter was at a Parkland, Florida high school, the media stayed with the story much of the evening, highlighting the events as they unfolded.

After all, the high school in questioned is located in a wealthy predominately white suburb. Such round the clock news coverage make law enforcement agencies accountable to the public.

But scant coverage is being given to a series of deadly bombings this month in Black and Brown neighborhoods in Austin, Texas. There have been no coverage of news conferences throughout the day. without media presence, the authorities do not feel the need to hold multiple news conferences to update the public.

Austin Police Chief, Brian Manley was quick to label the bombings as hate crimes, but neither he or federal investigators, who have been brought in to investigate the rash of bombings, have uttered the “T” word, as in terrorism, with respect to the two deaths and one severe injury.

Yet the media will bring to us similar pictures from a far away land and report in no uncertain terms that the bombing was the work of terrorists.

It is clear given the harsh tone of public debate that their is a rise of hate groups who wish to harm non white people in this country. These groups and lone wolf followers fear that there are too many non white people living here and consuming resources that God intended only for white people.

Thus their rage and accompanying targeting of non white people. This posit is evident by the Mother Emanuel A. M. E. Church Massacre and the plethora of police killings of unarmed Black men and women in recent years.

These acts can only be described as attempts to raise the fear quotient among non white people in America. This is the clear definition of an act of terror.

Yet the media spent much of the day on Trump and “Stormy” and the poisoning of a former Russia spy in the United Kingdom, in the main, all important issues.

In spite of lip service to “Black Lives Matter,” the captains of media do not value the loss of Black and Brown lives as much as they do white lives. After all the victims of these horrendous terrorist acts in Austin were non white. This is the clear definition of systemic racism and subliminal privilege.

Do Black and Brown tragedies matter too?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com

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