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Do Victims’ Races Change How We Mourn?

“Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America’s cities where the victims are primarily minorities.”*

When a shooting victim is white, does the public care more than they would if the victim had been black? How do people rationalize which victims deserve deep sympathy and who are simply casualties? Where do we delineate the difference? Cenk Uygur, Ben Manckiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies), and John Iadarola (Host, TYT University) discuss the matter.

*Read more from Noah Rothman/ Mediaite:
http://www.mediaite.com/online/cornell-west-on-sandy-hook-we-cant-just-shed-tears-for-those-on-the-vanilla-side-of-town/

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