Today’s Racist Poat

Earlier this week, Free Press columnists Jeff Gerritt admonished society for caring so much about the death of a white woman:

The mysterious death by strangulation of Jane Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park has become a top national story. Ironically, her body, in a luxury SUV, was found in a city where most murders go unreported, even by the local media. There are reasons for that, of course. Whether an event is unusual is part of what defines news, and murder in Grosse Pointe Park is far more unusual than in Detroit, with more than 350 homicides a year. Still, this is another example of how class and race also define what’s news and what isn’t.
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But what kind of attention and help would the media have rendered if exactly the same thing had happened to a 56-year-old African-American woman who cleaned buses or waited on tables on Detroit’s east side?

The same week that the Bashera case has been percolating through the media, we have another story of murder. That of 12 year old Kade’jah Davis who was shot and killed in her home.

Kadejah was shot and killed when bullets pierced the family’s front door on Ferguson on the city’s northwest side Tuesday night. A man had come to the door, demanding a cellphone Talton had found earlier at her tax preparer’s office. When Talton told the man she didn’t have the phone and closed the door, shots were fired.

The 19 year-old shooter, driven to and from the home by his MOTHER, didn’t get that cellphone he was looking for, so he sprayed the closed door with bullets killing Kade’jah. But, obviously he had good reason.

Earlier in the day, Talton had stopped by a tax preparer’s office, in a nearby home, to ask about a refund.

While using a bathroom there, she found a cellphone, she said, which she turned over to someone at the house.

Later that night back at home, Talton said a man knocked on her door. She thought it was someone from the tax office.

“Give up the phone,” the man said to Talton.

Talton said she didn’t have the phone and closed the door. Shots were fired.

Nolan Finley on the disparity of coverage regarding these two stories:

Go ahead and accuse the media of not valuing black life as much as it does white life. That could even be true. But Detroiters obviously don’t value black life, either. If they did, they wouldn’t be taking so many.

The issue isn’t that the media found a bigger story in the Grosse Pointe garage than it did on the Detroit porch.

It’s that Detroit has allowed slaughter to become so common it’s no longer newsworthy.

Yes, this. What he says. But how about we also do a little thought experiment; what would happen if we closely examined this case? Made it national news? The murder of an innocent 12-year-old girl, over a cell phone, by a black youth.

Examining in detail why a 19 year old black man would shoot into a home, knowing there was a little girl on the other side of that door, over a CELLPHONE. Questioning what kind of MOTHER drives her son, with a gun, to and from such an event.

For a Cell Phone.

I’m afraid such an examination would be …. wait for it … racist.

Exit question – why is Michelle Obama so worried about the eating habits of our youth (especially inner city and those on free lunches) when they’re killing each other over cell phones?

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4 Comments on “Today’s Racist Poat”


  1. You have hit the nail squarely. Murders like this one can’t be examined too closely, because the underlying truth would be exposed for what it is. So, as it is swept under the rug, it emboldens others to keep committing this type of crime, since it no longer gets attention.

  2. Car in Says:

    All the while we can cry RACISM because no one cares.

  3. Hotspur Says:

    Ten bucks says the guy in possession of the gun acquired it illegally.


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