Also powerful are the articles that accompany these images. If you read the two about these women you will notice what I'm talking about. The woman in orange is accused of killing her two children and stuffing them in a freezer. People magazine mentions the charges against the woman, the abuse at her hands and the fact that she yelled out "I did kill her". In the article about the woman who shot her kids dead in the middle of the street, People magazine says she suffered from mental illness and called the scene tragic. Both mentioned the fathers but in ones incident they said he was going through a difficult time. The woman in orange killed the children of two men and people said the mother screamed at them in court. No mention of their state of mind. In one article they go on to write about the great achievements of the girls and how well they did in school. How much they'd be missed. In the other, there is no mention of the kids other than their names and ages. Irony?
So, now what? What does all of this mean? Will things change? Are we supposed to sign a change.org petition calling for People magazine and others like it to replace the picture? Are we supposed to ask them to tell more about the two kids found in the freezer? What will that do?
Change I believe begins with us. It begins with recognizing that coverage is always skewed. Racism is real. People are treated differently based on the color of their skin as opposed to the content of their character. Money does trump poverty. These images make me so mad but now what? What am I Tamieka Blair gonna do? Be angry and move on? Look at every blond woman I encounter and smirk? Judge black women with tats? No, that's stupid. But the reality is that my thoughts just like yours are shaped by the images we see. What we consider a monster is many times created by the media. People magazine isn't an anomaly. Those two pictures are plastered over the pages of countless papers, magazine and blog posts. Those images are used on television new programs. But, all I'm saying is to think about what your looking at and ask yourself if you're being manipulated.
Rest in peace Stephen, Stoni, Madison and Taylor!!!