So I’ve seen this floating around on Facebook a bit over the last few days and I would just like to take a moment to say, FUCK THIS POST.
This is not even remotely a fair comparison, and this Jeff Cox character needs to shut the fuck up. The wording here is clearly not about trying to bring attention to other injustices of America, but about trying to distract from the real issues of institutionalised racism. This is delivered in the same way that MRAs scream “yeah, well men get raped too!” solely to try to further strip female survivors of validity and justice, not out of any sense of solidarity or legitimate sympathy.
This post is so fucking problematic and so painfully blatantly racist and offensive and I just want to cry each time I see it.
For starters, I can’t imagine this girl didn’t get coverage in her hometown, which is where these stories belong anyway. (Especially, let’s face it, given that her killers were black, as Cox seems so happy to point out, it’s just about a guarantee she made her local news.) In fact, national coverage of murders like this one make copycat killers more likely to appear around the country, so a lack of national coverage is actually a good thing here.
But there is so much more we need to acknowledge here. Why are Mike Brown and Ferguson getting so much national coverage? Is that actually a real question? Maybe it’s because he was an unarmed kid just trying to cross the street when he was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a police officer, despite the fact that his autopsy proved what we already knew, that we was on his knees with his hands up. And maybe it’s because the system opted to protect Wilson over Brown, over his friends and family, and over his entire city. Because there have been militarised police throwing tear gas at peaceful protestors, even launching canisters into people’s front lawns. Because if we’re going to talk about rioting, let’s tell the truth. The citizens of Ferguson just wanted to mourn and maybe find some justice. The police are the ones inciting riots.
Let’s also remember, too, that Autumn Pasquale’s death, while certainly a very sad and very unfortunate event, was far more likely to be an isolated incident and was most certainly not the product of pervasive systematic oppression. She was not just another name in a long list of people who died at the hands of the system for simply existing inside skin of a certain colour.
If her community held any public, peaceful vigils for her, I highly doubt that any police felt the need to intervene. Police that, mind you, are not only better equipped and better armoured than American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also lack any regard or training for proper conflict resolution or rules of engagement. You know, for those riots that they started.
I’m also quite sure the number of civilians and journalists alike attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets for caring about/reporting her death is a nice round zero.
So fuck you, Jeff Cox. You are not only completely missing the point while being part of the problem, but you are audacious enough to use one tragedy to attempt to distract from another. That’s not fair to anyone, including Autumn Pasquale and her loved ones. If there is a hell, there will be a special place for you. So how about instead of trying to skew everyone’s perspective for your inherently racist agenda, maybe you should either try to educate yourself to speak from someplace besides your ass, or just stop speaking altogether.