Antonio Smith (pictured) was shot at least four times in a Chicago suburb this past Wednesday afternoon. One bullet pierced his heart.
He was a 9 year old fourth grader who left his apartment after a dispute with his mother. He died near the border between two south-side Chicago gangs.
On this same day, an additional seven people were shot in Chicago, apparently all black, including a 17 year old boy who was the victim of a drive-by shooting.
Because all the perpetrators of the foregoing are known, or presumed to be, black, Al Sharpton will be unable to appear on their behalf to incite rioting or looting. Also, Brittney Cooper will be unable write an article for Salon justifying black outrage over the death of Antonio Smith. Finally, Chauncey DeVega will be unable to concoct ten more reasons to justify his view that white racism plays a role in . . . . . well . . . . . everything.
Salon, three days after Antonio Smith’s death at the hands of unknown assailants, but more than two weeks after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, at the hands of a white police officer, has 41 articles on its front page, of which 12 have the following titles:
· Death in the suburbs: Why Ferguson’s tragedy is America’s story
· White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within
· Michael Brown, senseless death and the weight of history
· How do you explain racism to your black son?
· Ferguson is about net neutrality, too
· Russell Brand absolutely demolishes Fox News over Ferguson coverage
· Grand jury hearing evidence in Michael Brown case is 75 percent white
· Dinesh D’Souza compares Ferguson protesters to ISIS
· Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around
· Ted Nugent on Ferguson: “Smear on”
· Alabama teacher allegedly told students to re-enact the killings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin
· Ferguson and Gaza: The definitive study of how they are and are not similar
There is not one word from Salon about Antonio Smith.
Perhaps Al Sharpton has a legitimate excuse for missing the Antonio Smith case. He is polishing his eulogy for Michael Brown, whose funeral will be on Monday, two days hence.
At this time, it is unknown what occupies Ms. Cooper’s or Mr. DeVega’s time to the extent where they cannot comment about Antonio Smith, or any other black-on-black death in Chicago, or elsewhere.
Despite all those (more notorious than the author) who seek credibility and (further) fame by agonizing over Michael Brown’s death alone, it might be time to seek credibility (but not noteriety) by agonizing over both his and Antonio Smith’s deaths.
In fact, it might be time to object to all unjustified deaths.