Deaths of Children that Don’t Make News

No memorials exist as well for the 178 children killed by U.S. drone strikes in the borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Noor Aziz, 8, Talha, 8, Najibullah, 13, Adnan, 16, Hizbullah, 10, Wilayat Khan, 11, Asadullah, 9, Sohail, 7: these are some of the names of children killed by the drones. News reports frequently say “three militants killed,” and then a few days later, in the Pakistani press, one hears that amongst the dead were children with no association with the militants. Unlike the street shootings in Chicago, there have been mass killings by drones, which have received only minimal attention.

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One thought on “Deaths of Children that Don’t Make News

  1. Laura Tully

    “Klein, a defender of the Obama record, answered emotionlessly, “The bottom line in the end is — whose 4-year-old gets killed? What we’re doing is limiting the possibility that 4-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror.”
    The bottom line here is what bodies do we consider to be “valuable” bodies? Our white supremacist society “protects” the bodies of middle to upper class white bodies therefore the mass killing of white, wealthy children will make every newspaper when deaths of children of Color will fail to make the headlines time and time again. “Whose 4-year-old gets killed?” That’s a terrifying sentence to ponder.
    “When a singular mass killing occurs in mainly affluent suburbs, it shocks the nation — and rightly so. But it might be a shock to some to know that this year alone 117 children died from handgun violence in Chicago. These deaths do not get discussed, let alone memorialized in the national conversation of tragedy.” I really appreciated the recognition of the blatant racism at the forefront of this issue. People of color or people from working class backgrounds are widely seen as “inherently dangerous” to white, upper class society rendering the crimes they commit unworthy of further examination, these crimes are seen as a given in “dangerous” neighborhoods. Yet when a young white, male commits the same (or in many instances much worse crime) it results (largely) in a psychiatric diagnosis (these “nice” white kids could have never done something like this unless they were sick!). Yet we must ask not only who is committing the act of violence, but who are they committing the act of violence against? What bodies do we consider valuable? Our society values white, upper class bodies therefore those are the bodies that get to be the “victims” of crimes rather than merely the expected causalities.

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