Sunday 26 November 2017

Nerd Church - Hands Held High

(Warning: This post discusses terrorism, racism/islamophobia, and media bias.)

The attack on a mosque in Sinai, Egypt on Friday killed over 300 people.

300 people.

Three hundred people.

Three. Hundred. People.

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And while, yes, it has been covered by the news, can you honestly tell me it would be receiving so little coverage if this happened in Europe, or the US?

F**k no! We'd have round-the-clock coverage, special news programmes, and speculation every damned where.

As I'm writing this, (at 5pm GMT on Sat 25th Nov,) the Egypt story is only the 9th 'Most Read' on the BBC News site (the UK's main news site,) behind such history-making stories as 'The early Christmas gift everyone's buying.'

Wtaf is wrong with people?!

The lives of Muslims in Sinai are worth EXACTLY THE DAMNED SAME as those of a white non-Muslim.

We all need to realise this - and the media need to have drummed into their ever-loving ears, all day, every day, until they get the point.

Because this is more 'Missing White Woman Syndrome,' cr*p; it honestly is.

We live in the digital age - the media age - and news outlets need to f**king learn that the way they present things affects the way people think.

And it's important that we don't learn to value one race, religion, nationality, etc., over another.

The media we consume shouldn't be teaching us that one group of people is inherently more worthy of attention than another.

Because a human life is a human life - and we should treat it as such.

I'm going to leave you with the lines to a Linkin Park song, which feel all too relevant right now:

Do you see the soldiers that are out today?

They brush the dust from bulletproof vests away

It's ironic, at times like this you pray

But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday

Related post: Nerd Church - Losing Chester

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  1. Wow, that's awful. And you're right, the media shouldn't be playing favorites, making the lives of those in the US and Europe seem more valuable by giving more attention to those stories.

  2. Couldn’t agree more, Cee. There definitely is a bias when it comes to the tragedies that the media portrays. And it’s so sad because muslims are always seen as the bad guys even if the attack is on them!!

  3. You are so right! I'm JUST learning about it HERE on your blog! [I always learn something here :)] This is so wrong at so many levels!

    1. OK, clearly the US coverage of this is even more lacking than the UK coverage! It's not right. It's just not *shakes head sadly*

      (And I'm glad you learn stuff - because clearly I can't stop myself from informing people about things!)

  4. The only reason I saw it is because some of my friends are Muslims and they share a lot of the lesser reported news. It's horrible how it's more or less shrugged off! It always makes me sad when I read stuff about Palestine too.
    Our news is so biased!

    1. Exactly! Still, the more attention we draw to it, the more likely the main new channels etc. are to pick their socks up and make things a bit fairer!


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