Karen AngelJuly 17, 2013 05:32
Commentary: Trayvon Martin’s murder was ignored until social media forced police action.
Activists rally in Chicago's South Side for Trayvon Martin after the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who argued he shot the teen in self-defense. (Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)
They are all famous: Chandra Levy, Elizabeth Smart, Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Madeleine McCann, Caylee Anthony…. In addition to being victims, they all have something else in common. They are all white. Though we now have a black president and many more minorities in powerful positions than we did when these infamous crimes took place, we still shine a much brighter spotlight on white victims of violence. The crimes that are believed to hold the interest of the broadest audience — and that get made into Lifetime movies — still all have white victims.