...Aboriginal children in residential schools tortured, flogged to death, deliberately electrocuted.
Twenty-eight mass graves.
I'm not making this up.
Now, where were we? Oh, yes: back to the news.
I don't believe in conspiracies. I don't believe that there is a corporate entity called the "MSM." But sometimes I really find myself wondering. This is the story of the century. And no one in the media is bothering to report it.*
Could it be that the murders of Aboriginal children just don't matter to mainstream journalists and editors? Is this yet another case of racism by omission--like this one? Would there be a thick curtain of media silence if the twenty-eight mass graves were filled with dead white kids?
If ever a blogburst were needed, now is the time. Indeed, it's already well under way. Let's do our part to counter the cover-up. Write to your local editors: demand an end to their complicit silence. (And be sure to join the Facebook group to post your link.)
UPDATE: (April 20) Apparently, wanting media scrutiny of these allegations makes me a racist. I shall simply never understand the conservative mind.
UPDATE: (April 22) Here's a video of the press conference in Toronto, ignored by the mainstream media. (H/t Unrepentant Old Hippie)
UPDATE: (May 6) Some of the usual suspects object to the notion that this matter be investigated. But the media silence, and the focus on Kevin Annett rather than on the detailed allegations, are just sidestepping the issue. An investigation, even a partial one, will either confirm or debunk the claims of mass graves. One wonders what the strident conservatives who oppose even looking into this would have made of the Duplessis orphans story.
*I am informed by commenters over at Stageleft that two short articles have in fact appeared, and there was a discussion on CBC's Radio One on April 16th. A quick search of Google News turns up all of four news reports in the major news media. There has been no follow-up; no call for a public enquiry; no further editorial comment of any kind, other than a self-serving piece by a Catholic official in the Vancouver Sun. Nothing to see here; move along.