'What If Skin Color Was Reversed?' White Boy Shot Dead by Black Man Doesn't Get Media Coverage

Published August 13th, 2020 - 09:21 GMT
'What If Skin Color Was Reversed?' White Boy Shot Dead by Black Man Doesn't Get Media Coverage
Twitter users questioned media biases in reporting this story in comparison to the heavy coverage that followed the murder of George Floyd. (Twitter: @EverygunSafety)

A horrific murder where a black North Caronlian man shot a 5-year-old boy in the head killing him immediately has come under scrutiny lately for not receiving enough media coverage in US outlets; especially that it comes after the killing of black George Floyd had triggered nationwide protests for months.

According to several media sources, Cannon Hinnant was riding his bike around the house in Wilson, North Carolina before he reportedly "stepped over the neighbors' backyard," which might have angered 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, who had used a gun to shoot the young boy dead in the late afternoon.

The offender, who got arrested 24 hours after the murder, had reportedly lived in the near-by house for years and has known Hinnant's family for a long time.

The incident witnessed by Cannon's older sisters has sent shock waves across social media; especially as it was reported by only a limited number of publications and domestic newspapers.

Many social media users shared photos of both the victim and the killer questioning media bias in reporting this story in comparison to the heavy coverage that followed the murder of George Floyd by a white policeman in Minnesota last May, which prompted Black Lives Matter movement across the United States in the following weeks.

Twitter users calling for media outlets to pay more attention to such tragic events wondered if the crime would have caused similar reactions if races of the people involved in it were reversed, suggesting that the media only reports violations against minorities or involving police violence, while it ignores others where the victims are members of the white community.


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