Why is it that the atrocity committed in Nigeria has received almost NO media coverage? The Boko Haram (which must mean Totally Unhinged Religious Fanatics) massacred 2000 people earlier this month! The scale of this is truly staggering. This places it with attacks like 9/11. This was an instance of an entire TOWN being attacked and residents slaughtered, but the Western media seems content to ignore this.
Racism and cultural prejudice are terms that are thrown around with impunity these days, but they definitely have to be brought into the conversation about this tragedy. I can think of no other reason for the lack of attention given to this. Just because it happened in Nigeria, just because it happened in Africa, just because it happened to Black victims, none of these can justify the silence.
Honestly, I don’t really care what Boko Haram stands for, or what it is they want. They deserve to be hunted down and brought to Justice for this crime. No justification can exist to excuse this action.
Once again, it has fallen to social media to bring this to everyone’s attention. Social media is far from perfect, and objectivity is not guaranteed, but social media has one huge advantage. Social media covers a wide range of beliefs and viewpoints, and it is from some of those that thie tragedy has come to light. Social media does not respect traditional national borders. This fact sheds the harsh light of reality onto the media that we have. The mainstream media, on the other hand, filters out what we will be told according to a monopolistic and nationalistic viewpoint. If the story does not fit with their overall objective, then it isn’t covered and we remain ignorant of the truth.
Another huge question for the mainstream media is how much have we truly NOT been told through the years when there was no social media that could compete with the established news outlets? This is a truly scary thought, but we should be asking this question if we are truly citizens of this planet.