But black Americans in neighborhoods that see constant gun violence do try to make their voices heard, in protests like the one Truehill helped organize: community led, often small and largely ignored by news organizations.Four years ago I wrote:
Thirty people showed up on Friday, most of them black men and women in their mid-20s. Gun violence was deeply personal to them. One 24-year-old, Chris Head, said he had lost 30 friends. He was “blessed”, he said, that it was only that many.
“At least I can count,” he said. “Some people can’t count.”
The march and vigil lasted two hours, buoyed by waves and cheers from people along the route and honks of support from cars. No television crews or reporters from local news organizations showed up. The single reporter present had only learned about the protest by chance, from one of Truehill’s mentors, a local pastor.
If you've never heard of any of these protests, might I suggest you ask yourself, "why not?" Perhaps you want to blame the media. Or perhaps you don't care. That's your right, I suppose. But it's not your right to say other people don't care just because you're ignorant.