Following the death of George Floyd last May – and the almost cult-like coverage ever since – it is hard to get away from the fact that Western societies are being repeatedly gripped by over-emotional fervour. The tragic death of Sarah Everard, which of course was devastating for her family and friends, seemed to follow a similar path for a few days after the finding of her body.
First, the media became almost transfixed by the story, gradually building up coverage over 10 days, and at the same time the political left made whatever capital they could as the investigation unfolded. Why Sarah’s murder provoked a vigil and flower tribute across Clapham Common, and why hundreds of other murders that occur each year do not, are two very intriguing questions. The same could be said of George Floyd’s death in America, which was just one of many that occurred in the country last year involving the Police
The answer, of course, is which stories the mainstream media decide to put emphasis on, and which stories they choose to ignore; that is the deciding factor as to whether the public’s attention is captured or not. And it seems that even members of the Royal Family, such as the Duchess of Cambridge, are not immune from falling for the narratives that are spun. After all, I suspect the relatives of other women murdered – there are tragically too many to name – are wondering why they never received a vigil, flower tribute or letter from a member of the Royal Family.
What’s more, not only did the mainstream media, who have been pushing the pro-lockdown narrative for 12 months, suddenly decide that mass gatherings were fine because of this issue, but they then spent 3 days blaming the police for violence which was actually started by provocateurs. On top of that, both the Mayor of London and the Home Secretary also piled on. This led to an independent inquiry, published on the 30th March, which found there were indeed provocateurs at the vigil after 6pm who instigated trouble.
There absolutely are cases where the Police recently have made the wrong call, but why would anyone want to be a Police Officer if you know the media will blame you before an inquiry has even started? The most startling point, of course, is the hypocrisy of the media. On the one hand, they show ardent disaproval for anti-lockdown protests, yet simultaneously act as cheer leaders for feminist and BLM street activism.
After the last few years, and especially after last summer, it is clear that any issue surrounding gender or race could be the starting point for not only emotional hysteria by protesters, but also a springboard for the mainstream media to reinforce left-leaning narratives that usually have no basis in statistical reality. People say it is ‘bad taste’ to point out that Sarah Everard’s death was reported extensively, yet Muslim grooming gangs were covered up. But why?
If political correctness, which has so much power in our current society, is to blame (it is), then the answer as to why one is reported and the other is not is obvious. Had the suspect in the Sarah Everard case been non-White or from a religious minority, it is hard to believe liberal White middle class protesters would be raising awareness about the crime.
Is it too much to ask for each criminal investigation to be treated equally in modern times? Is it too much to ask that the suspect, or victim, whatever their background, is treated according to the law in a secular, sane system, and that the media don’t form preconceived narratives?
Perhaps it is too much to ask, but the result of this will be more domestic instability in the future.
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