Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tale of two cities: Baltimore and Waco
Preliminary autopsy reports released Tuesday by the McLennan County Justice of the Peace revealed all nine men killed in biker-gang shooting at a Twin Peaks in Waco died from gunshot wounds. They ranged in age from 27 to 65. All of them died of gunshot wounds.
Waco police initially estimated that investigators recovered more than 1,000 weapons from the restaurant. Police revised that number Wednesday afternoon, saying their count had reached 318 weapons, including more than 100 handguns and more than 100 knives. cnn.com
Yeah, the story saw some big time headlines. All the network big boys -- CNN, MSNBC, Fox etc. -- gave the story some Breaking News attention. And as more details unfold from this carnage, the story appears to have legs.
But to be perfectly honest, the coverage is scant compared to the live in you face, wall-to-wall sensationalized coverage of B-More.
The deficiency in news intensity and sensationalism is even more shocking when you factor in these were not very young adults (as in Baltimore) these were grown ass men, life long outlaws and reputed drug dealing thugs...
What is missing from this picture:
In fact, the thug word is conspicuously missing in the coverage. The outrage from concerned citizens was, for the most part, AWOL.. As yet, no presidential statement from the Big O calling these criminals thugs.
I am still waiting for the obligatory shouting -- from the usually loud talking heads -- about decades of rural white broken homes, fatherless homes, out-of-wedlock single mothers, domestic violence, wide-spread Meth usage, and rampant alcohol abuse...the numbers are there.
Here's another story that fell somewhat under-the-radar: Watch this deadly brawl between homeless family and police in a Walmart parking lot.
Enuff said, you get the picture. You can draw the obvious conclusion to WHY.
But the biggest issue is not the back and forth volley on which community, ethnic group or race has higher levels of dysfunctional behavior; the main political, social and economic issue is the decimation of the American middle and working class families and the fall out from this phenomenon.