Equally tragic, unequally outraged

Winston Salem incidentChapel Hill incident.  Both apparently senseless and random with no suspects in either case.

Compare and contrast the media coverage of both killings during the next hours, days and weeks.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted March 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Well so far it appears the good looking white woman wins again.

  2. Justin Smith
    Posted March 7, 2008 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Seems like her role and impact on a large community had a lot to do with the “unequal outrage” instead of the implied: race, sex, and “good looks”. She was on the board of trustees at quite possibly the most elite public university in this country for crying out loud:

    “In her position as student body president, she was a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. Moeser said he last saw Carson on Tuesday, at the Tar Heels men’s basketball game against Florida State.

    “This is a tragedy magnified and multiplied by the number and depth of relationships, many relationships that Eve Carson had on this campus,” Moeser told the students. “This enormous throng is a testament to the many and deep relationships.”

  3. Posted March 7, 2008 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I’ve been a critic of the media’s fixation with white women in peril, but noting that both deaths are tragedies does not mean both deaths have equal news value — a subjective quality, to be sure, but one that I think JS begins to define pretty well in the previous comment.

  4. MyTwoCents
    Posted March 7, 2008 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Pretty well summed up by Justin Smith, I’d say.

  5. Chester Drawers
    Posted March 8, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Billy The Blogging Poet Said, “Well so far it appears the good looking white woman wins again.”

    Tell that to her parents, you fool.

  6. Alan Cone Bulluck
    Posted March 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I’d disagree with you on both points.

    Take a trip over to the NC Dept. of Corrections website to learn more about your buddy Emanuel Mickens. That’s quite a little rap sheet he was working on when he was murdered.

    Now compare that with Eve Carson’s life story.

    Unequal coverage? Perhaps, but there’s nothing shocking about a drive-by shooting involving a known felon who not only abused drugs, but beat up cops.

    Equally tragic? Not so much.

  7. Old Casey
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I agree with Justin. These two thugs picked the wrong person to mug and kill. It is obvious that they came to Chapel Hill from Durham because they knew that’s where the money is. Eve Carson happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But, the killers mistakenly picked someone who had a very high profile on campus.

    Now, the more interesting comparison is how the death of the 17-year old killer’s first murder of a Duke graduate student was sparsely covered. Is that because it was in Durham, not Chapel Hill?