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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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