Preferred Coverage of Chaos

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You gotta hand it to the mainstream news media. It picks and chooses which tragic story should be covered. A terrorist attack in France caught their attention like a lightning bolt. However, in another part of the world, more horrific series of events ravaged a community and paralyzed a nation. But according to them, over 2,000 Nigerians murdered was not as important as about a dozen French people.

The Guardian reports:

France spent the weekend coming to terms last week’s terror attacks in Paris which left 17 dead. The country mourned and global leaders joined an estimated 3.7 million people on its streets to march in a show of unity.

In Nigeria, another crisis was unfolding, as reports came through of an estimated 2000 casualties after an attack by Boko Haram militants on the town of Baga in the northeastern state of Borno. Amnesty International described as the terror group’s “deadliest massacre” to date, and local defence groups said they have given up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.

Reporting in northern Nigeria is notoriously difficult, journalists have been targeted by Boko Haram, and, unlike in Paris, people on the ground are isolated and struggle with access to the internet and other communications. Attacks by Boko Haram have disrupted connections further, meaning that there is an absence of an online community able to share news, photos and video reports of news as it unfolds.

But reports of the massacre were coming through and as the world’s media focused its attention on Paris, some questioned why they were almost ignored.

Nothing can explain or excuse something as typical as this other than the old race card. Black Africans’ lives, much like black Americans’ lives, are worth virtually nothing, unless you want to do another “Save the Children” infomercial and use the continent’s poorest sections to fool Westerners into giving money for starving children and simultaneously trick viewers into thinking that the whole place is a poverty-stricken, disease-ridden hellhole due to absolutely nothing.

That’s right. The only time you hear about Africa most of the time in the mainstream media is during those lame commercials where a white person – always a white person begs and pleads that you call and sponsor an African child for less than a cup of coffee. Maybe that’s why you have white celebrities adopting African children left and right.

We cannot count on the news media to deliver, at least not all the time or even part of the time. There must be media outlets that cover all stories of this caliber, and thank goodness, there are such sources that you can count on not only reporting such events but question the mainstream’s failure to do the same.

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14 thoughts on “Preferred Coverage of Chaos

  1. We have to put up with such a large percent of the media being White and being backed by White Corporations. Many of us in the minorities in the United States have always been exposed to the prejudice spoon fed media in America, Canada, and the other White nations in Europe. The immaturity of the White media has stopped and misdirected progress for centuries.

  2. What happened in Paris was barbaric for sure but 2,000 women, elderly people and and using young girls strapped with bombs is horrific. The mainstream media and the dominant society is selective in it’s outrage. Because it’s Africa nobody really cares.

  3. Perhaps they are tired of black people with the Eric Garner protest and the #blacklivesmatter. I just don’t think they care at all.

  4. On myGoogle+ one of the posters from the community posted the horrific photos of charred bodies of babies and women and the people who perished in that village and it was taken down. Google playing bald headed games.

  5. I was watching the news on BBC America this morning and they had a phone interview with a Nigerian priest making similar comments about Baga being ignored while Paris got all the publicity.

    MrSuperboy223 wonders why the Paris attacks got more publicity than the bombing of the NAACP attack in Colorado:

  6. That’s right. The only time you hear about Africa most of the time in the mainstream media is during those lame commercials where a white person – always a white person begs and pleads that you call and sponsor an African child for less than a cup of coffee. Maybe that’s why you have white celebrities adopting African children left and right.

    Brotha what a smartly written and priceless paragraph lol lol I was literally rolling on the floor when I read that.

    But in all honesty I hardly ever watch the news anymore and I only follow what goes on in Africa these days.

    1. The lamestream media does not want you to know that Africa has the richest minerals and land in the world. They also do not want you to know that lots of people, namely Europeans and Chinese, are infiltrating the Nigerian economy and setting up businesses throughout Africa. Not only that, there is a documentary called “Blacks Without Borders” about Black Americans who left the U.S. and found the American dream in South Africa. These are the things the U.S. media will not touch.

      1. Thanks for the tip, I also know about the Chinese in Nigeria, marrying Nigerian women and having these bastard, half-Asian offspring it makes my blood boil. The United Snakes has truly lost its appeal and is going to fall, don’t be surprised in the future when Iran nukes that place in the future

  7. They used a ten year old girl as a suicide bomber this shows how savage these people are. Not to mention the ineptitude of the president Goodluck Jonathan

  8. ..That photo is so flippin’ heartbreaking-my prayers and heart go out to all those who were, and still are being terrorized by vicious groups like Boko Haram..this needs to be stopped Immediately!!! : (

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