January 2015 began as a year of horror for France. In a three-day rampage, terrorists killed 17 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Jewish kosher supermarket, The attacks consumed every major and minor news outlet for weeks. An estimated 3.7 million French citizens led by some prominent International leaders and dignitaries took to the streets of Paris in a solidarity march as the attack and its aftermath continued to dominate international headlines.
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away a massacre of the grandest scale perpetrated by one of the globes most active terrorist organizations went fairly unnoticed, underreported, and in some instances, ignored.
Insurgents from the radical organization Boko Haram in Nigeria are reported to have committed slaughters of unbelievable proportions in Borno State.
World.Mic reported that over the period of a few days, the terrorist group killed more than 2,000 people in the town of Baga, as well as 16 neighboring towns and villages.There are reports of entire communities that were burned to the ground. Amnesty International described it as the terror group's "deadliest massacre" to date. The Guardian reports that local defense groups said they gave up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.
|Image still from a Boko Haram video featuring their leader, Abubakar Shekau|
Yes it was THAT bad.
Not to mitigate the loss of life in France behind terrorism, but the scale of loss by the Boko Harem attacks in Nigeria is of a magnitude that demanded the same international and global spotlight the France attacks garnered. Also, one can argue that some at Charlie Hebdo flirted with fire, while the Nigerian victims did nothing to invite their bloody and horrendous demises.
So where are the outcries behind the Nigeria attacks? Where are the pundits and analysts that dissected the France attacks night after night? Why does the Western media seemingly want to steer clear of Boko Harem and the plight thousands of Nigerians are suffering at the hands of the organization?
For the answer, one needs only to look at their local news and media agencies and the rank black on black crime gets in the triage of news topics. Black on black crime has always been historically underreported, under-investigated, and fairly ignored by the media. Black on black terrorism is receiving the same dangerous attitudes from the global media.
Boko Harem repeatedly rises to the top of the terrorism lists as one of the most dangerous radical organizations active today, yet it appears they operate with impunity when one considers the lackluster response their reported atrocities receive. Remember now this is the same organization that took 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014.. There were a few social media hashtags and some media coverage behind the kidnapping of the girls, then the whole thing fell off the radar. The Nigerian Government has been fairly impotent in corralling Boko Harem, and that doesn't really motivate outside agencies to get involved to the level we saw them get involved in France. If you don't rant and rave about your own getting killed you can pretty much expect no one else will.
I don't see any global leaders of color or otherwise joining together in solidarity against the attacks Boko Harem has heaped upon people that look like them. Massacres and assassinations against people that didn't offend anyone by doing nothing more than existing.
The point that's driven front and center is one that the "politically correct " of all colors don't want to deal with.
That point is if you don't demand resolve and accountability for attacks against you and your people you send the message that you value the life of you and yours on a miniscule level.
And then there is the imminent danger of letting the onslaught of a Boko Harem march on. They may very well march themselves into your backyard. Only then will it become an epidemic and news consuming. By then however, they may have grown to the challenge of an ISIS - heavily funded, armed, and hard to push back against.
This dismissal of humanity based on color could one day be the Kharma none of us wants to come home to roost.