As many of you may recall, in June of 2015, Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof entered Emanuel AME Church, known locally as “Mother Emanuel Church,” and went on a violent and uncalled for shooting spree.
Furthermore, I’m sure you also recall that the media was chomping at the bits to portray the narrative as nothing other than “a white racist shooting up a black church,” and used it as an example of what hate-inducing materials – such as the Confederate flag – can do to unstable individuals. Ultimately, this led then-governor Nikki Haley to sign a bill into law that removed the flag from the South Carolina state capital.
Well, earlier this month, Roof was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences (and deservedly so).
However, in case you haven’t heard (I suspect you haven’t), just three days ago, a story very similar to Roof’s developed out of Birmingham, AL. Perhaps it’s headline (or lack thereof) explains the silence: Mass Shooting by Black Suspect at Black Church Carnival.
The mainstream media won’t cover it, but lesser-known outlet AL.com did:
“Search underway for carnival shooting suspect; victim toll at 6
Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators are currently looking for a teenager who they believe fired the shots that injured several people at a carnival Saturday night.
Investigators now say six young people — five teenagers and a baby — were injured by gunfire Saturday night at a festival at Cathedral of the Cross A.O.H. Church of God off Center Point Parkway.
Deputies said four people were reported at the scene with gunshot wounds. Another two people were later discovered to have been driven to a hospital in a private car with minor gunshot wound injuries.
Four of the victims, including the one-year-old, were struck by single shots in the leg, one was struck in the elbow, and one grazed in the shoulder. The teenaged victims ranged in ages from 16 to 18.”
“Chief Deputy Randy Christian said the shooting apparently involved a group of teens at the carnival who began arguing and then fighting. During the fight, one of the teens pulled a gun and began firing as he ran.”
“He is the only suspect who fired shots,” Christian said. “He has been identified and a search for him is being conducted.”
“So we have one idiot thug that ruined the night for about one thousand kids and their families,” Christian said. “There is no excuse for it and the sad thing is he likely isn’t even sorry about it. I’m sure the argument was something really important like what kind of tennis shoes someone was wearing. I really am shaking my head.”
However, what AL.com doesn’t tell you in this or its follow-up story is that the suspect is black. That’s right. Another mass shooting by a black individual, at another black church in the south, in a city that’s 75 percent black. Yet…silence.
Anyone out there still wondering why this headline isn’t newsworthy? Yeah, I didn’t think so.