This past week was an eventful week in the world in that there was more than one terrorist attack. The media, however, only chose to cover the attacks in France for some reason. It was disheartening when I heard about all the journalists that were murdered but there was another attack that was literally 1000x worse. Over the past few days in Nigeria, the terror group, Boko Haram, has just leveled entire villages and killed over 2,000 people. Many were forced to run toward Lake Chad and they either drowned or were killed by hippos if they didn’t get shot. According Ahmed Zanna, a senator for Borno state in Nigeria, “this is one of the worst attacks I’ve seen because so many people are unaccounted for and feared dead” (Takepart.com). Now the article where I found this was very difficult to find and this whole event was not even covered by the mainstream media.
I was just baffled that this disgusting attack was not even mentioned once on the news. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had an explanation as to why it was not mentioned. He stated, “In the American psyche there’s always been racial hierarchy in terms of importance assigned to certain lives over others. That’s the inescapable and undeniable reality of how our media covers things” (Takepart.com).Also the psyche of many western countries as well. If a western country gets attacked, you never hear the end of it in the news. If it happens in a non western country, you hear nothing but silence.
Another thing that is sad is that nobody will come to assist the Nigerian people. There is a terror group now at large, doing whatever they want with no consequences. We need to be rallying for Nigeria in addition to France. Every life on this earth should each weigh the same and we should do everything that we can to ensure that everyone is safe. That can begin if the media can become the watchdogs of humanity again. They have to reform because I feel that the media has distanced itself from that objective.Source: written by Britni Danielle, Takepart.com