“So I shouldn’t be surprised that the Mother’s Day Parade shooting has largely been forgotten. On Sunday, shots were fired into a crowd during a parade in the New Orleans 7th ward. Police said they saw three suspects running from the scene.
This is the largest mass shooting in the United States where the shooters were still at large after the crime was committed. Think about that for a minute. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hill to Aurora, all the shooters were either killed or apprehended on site. But the person or people responsible for shooting 19 Americans are still free.”
One of the people who got shot was an antiviolence blogger. Somehow we aren’t seeing massive solidarity for New Orleans or the entire city going on police lockdown to find the perpetrators. Two reasons: 1) This mostly affected Black people, and we all know how much the media and the police give any fucks about Black people in New Orleans; 2) This was a gun crime, so we can’t criticize it because GUNS ARE FREEDOM!
Wait what…? I hadn’t even heard about this! The fuck.
This happened about ten blocks from where I lived until two months ago. Though I think a very very small part of the lack of coverage is the fact that no one died, it is mostly because horrific violence in poor communities of color is seen by many people as expected as opposed to a shocking tragedy. I know I’m saying things others have said better, but I wanted to reiterate.
I am hungry. I have to pee. I need to go to target and buy looseleaf paper and socks. My laptop is dying and the charger is in the living room. The remote is very far away. All of these things require me to get out of bed and I just cannot do that.