In the West at present there seems to be a (media) mania for taking down statues to e.g. Confederate generals, Columbus, Nelson and Cook. It seems ridiculous to take down statues to figures from the past (who performed notable enterprises) because their political/social attitudes do not chime in with today's views. (Any statues to Darwin are not going to last long?).
Why do the horrific crimes so casually carried out in much of the world (most of it really) capture so little attention? Or is it just colonialist or racist to raise such questions? Isn't it racist or colonialist not to raise such questions?
Why do the horrific crimes so casually carried out in much of the world (most of it really) capture so little attention?
They capture plenty of attention when they're sufficiently newsworthy. But they occur so frequently, in places that are so notorious for their violence and criminality, that the bar for 'newsworthy' is set pretty high.
The same thing happens in the West:
* Four people shot dead in Australia? Huge news, global headlines. * Four people shot dead in the USA? Just another Tuesday. Media hardly bothers to cover it.
Why the difference? Because gun deaths in Australia are rare, whereas in the USA they're just part and parcel of everyday life.