According to reports, nineteen people are among the injured from a shooting incident yesterday at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans. Among the victims are two 10-year-old children (both children are in stable condition), ten men, and seven women. Witnesses report seeing three suspects flee from the scene of the crime, but at the time of writing, police do not have any suspects in custody. Fortunately, there were zero fatalities in the shooting.
The deafening silence (relative to other mass shootings) in response to the tragedy is deplorable, but the lack of coverage is unsurprising to people who have experienced firsthand the complete disregard of violence in urban communities. For instance, Mikki Kendall took to Twitter to explain her frustration with the constant lack of coverage:
Kendall’s frustration with the “shocked” reaction is reasonable and worth talking about, but the deafening silence in response to this tragedy is also worth discussing. According to an AP report by Chevel Johnson, the FBI describes the tragedy as “a flare-up of street violence,” and Johnson subsequently describes the area as a “neighborhood of modest row houses not far from the French Quarter.” The FBI nonchalantly refers to 19 people injured by gunfire as a flare-up, because the shooting happened in New Orleans, you know, over There, where They live. Classifying the incident as street violence versus terror makes the crime more acceptable to the mainstream eye.
Chevel follows the FBI’s description with one of the other reasons the horrible crime isn’t blowing up your Twitter or Facebook feed–the victims live in modest housing–read: they’re working-class.
“And you have to wonder: What if, instead of roaming around with guns, boys like them had access to a computer lab or a community center or some decent basketball courts? Maybe everything would have turned out differently.”