Today as they put to rest the body of Lee Rigby the soldier tragically killed in Woolwich, a couple of questions came to mind. Whilst I empathise with the family putting their son to rest it made me think on the wider issue of how media and we as a wider community and consumers react as whole to news. Stories.
What are the filters that I, you, we put into place when processing this information?
Again these are rhetorical questions going through my mind.
What if Lee Rigby was black? Would the EDL still protest against those who killed the “Muslim killers” of an English soldier?
What if Trayvon Martin was white?
If Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo was a man, would her list of acquisitions still be referred to as a shopping spree?
Why are the West quick to condemn Syria but delighted with the coup of a democratically elected leader in Egypt?
Why do so many people refer to Africa as if it were a country instead of a continent? What if the same were done about Europe? Asia?
What if Abu Qatadar were Jewish?
Why do politicians of all flavours want to be rid of unions, one of the few collective voices of the people?
Whilst you ponder on these things remember this.
A rhetorical question is a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered.