We are shocked by the decision of the Idaho Statesman to relegate the terrible attack in Charleston to the eighth page of a secondary section of the paper, while the color of the new Hawks baseball team took the front page. What was the thought process and discussion that resulted in such an action? At the very least an opportunity for discussion of socially isolated young men who commit such crimes, usually with guns, and the persistence of racism and violence in our culture against persons of color was missed.
Our serious concern is that it speaks to the continued racism here in Idaho. Our state is often seen as racist, from the history of the aryan nation (lower case intentional) presence and lack of ethnic diversity to the often seen face of gun proliferation and talk of “taking back our country.” President Obama is often a focus of such diatribes.
How did this racially-driven crime in the historic Emmanuel Church where nine people were murdered during a prayer meeting become a minor story? We are stunned by the lack of social conscience exhibited and expect better from the Statesman.
Coston and Judy Frederick, Boise
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