So before I begin this post, this is my opinion based off of the facts and other opinions I have read.
Here are some great articles to read that I also used as sources.
- Terrorists Killed 2,000 People in Nigeria Last Week. So Why Doesn’t the World Care?
- Islamic extremist attack in Nigeria named the ‘deadliest massacre’ in history
- The problems with the current discussions on Boko Haram
- Nigeria’s Horror in Paris’s Shadow
Here are the facts: a 10 year old girl was strapped with a bomb which killed her and about 19 others in Maiduguri, barely any news coverage on this in comparison to the terrorist attacks in Paris, and more than 2000 people were killed by Boko Haram on Jan 7th.
There has been a lot of talk recently about how when Westerns are killed there is a great amount of news coverage, yet when non-Westerns are killed all of the sudden these news outlets are silent. Even when the news outlets decide to cover these stories, soon enough the rage over the injustice disappears and everything seemingly goes back to normal. This is what happened with Boko Haram. I remember when it was first revealed that Boko Haram had kidnapped about 200 girls how there was so much backlash. The hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack was getting so much traction, even Michelle Obama did it. Then, out of nowhere it completely died. Why? It’s not like these girls were ever returned. What happened?
There is a lot of focus on the lack of care for non-Westerns lives instead of a focus on the ineffective Nigerian government. This was something I had not thought about at all, but when I read about it, it made total sense. There was no focus on the real problem: the lack of an effective government. The President, Goodluck Jonathan, has failed to do anything to properly address the issue.Even with the #BringOurGirlsBack, the focus was not on the failure of the Nigerian president to properly deal with Boko Haram, but on the fear Boko Haram had of educated girls. So, what do we do? Do we completely ignore the fact that the West has little care for non-Western lives and focus on the ineffective Nigerian government? No. There should be focus on both. I do not think we should completely ignore the fact that the West refuses to acknowledge the worth of non-Western lives. The lack of news coverage should definitely be criticized, but that should not be the main focus of what is happening. There needs to be more discussion of the inefficient Nigerian government because that is the root of the problem. Because we can criticize the news as much as we want, but what will that do to help the situation.
Criticizing the news coverage can only do so much. Instead of criticizing the news stations, we should make an effort to pay attention to these issues more. I am as guilty of this as anyone else. Don’t let these issues become irrelevant just because the news fails to make it well known. Do not stay ignorant of these issues. Keep yourself informed. It’s ultimately up to you to stay updated on what is going on in the world. Stay woke.