After Louisville’s media outlets revealed that a suspect had been arrested in the St. Matthews Kroger murder case, something happened that won’t surprise anyone reading this. But that something is what a ton of people don’t want to talk about. Whenever we bring it up, we’re accused of causing drama and promoting unrest.
Here’s the deal: racism continues to be a real problem in Possibility City and it’s not taken seriously by this town we call home.
Here’s the mugshot that was released (we’re only using WDRB as an example):
FROM WDRB’S FACEBOOK PAGE
What happened next involves all local television and print outlets. WDRB, WHAS, WLKY, WAVE, C-J/AKN, et al. It’s disgusting. Not that the comments were allowed to remain but that people harbor such unbelievably awful feelings toward non-whites.
Let’s take a look at a bunch of screenshots from various outlets:
And there was this gem:
What the hell is wrong with people?
Yes, racism is a problem everywhere. It’s not unique to Louisville. But until civic, government, media and educational leaders take this more seriously? Nothing will change in Louisville. Media outlets have a responsibility to better cover this issue – if that’s possible. Elected officials have a responsibility to discuss these issues. Schools have a responsibility. You have a responsibility.
I don’t in any stretch of the imagination believe racism can fully be eradicated but come on. The least this city should do is work hard when it comes to having a conversation about equality and ignorance like this.
It’s 2014 and idiots are making ridiculously racist remarks – publicly – using their names and photographs. Unreal.