Recently, here in Washington, DC a 92 year old socialite and “Georgetown Hostess” was apparently murdered. She was found dead in her home. Tragic. The lead suspect is her 47 year old husband. The story keeps on getting front page mention in the Washington Post. This will go on for weeks…any new news will be featured prominently by local news outlets. In the meantime, there will be many other murders that will barely get any coverage.
Most of the murder victims will be black and/or poor. If we put aside the killings in the drug/crime world, we’ll still have a lot of tragic untimely deaths of innocent people. People who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. People who the victim of someone else’s rage. But the media won’t really cover this. Their deaths – and their lives won’t merit an concern.
The thing is, the vast majority of people in this area are not socialites. We don’t rub elbows with the city’s elite. We can’t really relate to them in that capacity. It’s not as if we have all met the hostess that was murdered. But the media will cover it vigorously as if her life was more important and more valuable than all the others that will be killed.
I have a problem with that.