Jeff -- these are two different situations. And you are assuming there is no attention being directed to the black-on-black inner city homicides.
Denise, I think I have been pretty clear that I think there is a disparity of attention. I have never asserted "no attention", nor indicated that I was making such an assumption.
I will admit I think we are now over-saturated with coverage of the Florida shooting.
Now how about considering how we might be undersaturated with coverage of the "black on black" crime as discussed in the column I linked.
But I think it points to a different situation -- the danger of being black in the wrong place.
Seems like a lot of shooting victims could claim that they were [fill in any racial term you like] in the wrong place, including many, or all, of the victims of "black on black" crime.
Here's another perspective on that issue. I have a bi-racial godson who has spent his entire 30-some years in Maine and Vermont, the two whitest states in the nation where, because there are so few people of color, they are not viewed by many if any as any kind of threat.
Interesting assertion as to why "they are not viewed by many" as "any kind of threat". Why would more "people of color" (to use your preferred racial term) make it more or less likely for them to be viewed as some "kind of threat"?
So they grow up feeling very safe -- as safe as the white kids with whom they engage.
That is how it should be.
But when they reach their teens and may travel to Boston or New York or any other major urban area, parents try to warn them that those venues may be very different when it comes to their safety. For example, if they are driving and are stopped by police, they are warned not to make any quick moves or even to open a glove compartment without the cop's OK lest any quick move become an excuse for being shot.
I give my kids (who I don't think you would label as "people of color") the same advise.
They are warned about walking in predominantly white neighborhoods, etc., etc. These are painful but necessary warnings.
If the stats mentioned in the column I linked are any where near to being accurate, perhaps they should consider expanding their warnings to include other neighborhoods as well.
The other thing that makes the Florida situation different is the number of questions about (a) the Hold Your Ground law and (b) about any police complicity with a possible crime.
I agree on (a), but not on (b).
Back to my original point -- I think there are a variety of attempts to address inner city crime that too often ends up in the deaths of people and kids who get caught in the cross-fire. Perhaps one way to support them is to lobby for more funding for programs attempting to address the situation.
Perhaps another way is to look at how failed some of those programs/attempts have been and not to keep repeating or funding the same failed programs/attempts. Another way would be not to distract huge amounts of attention away from what is a huge problem in favor of something that is, in relative terms, a rarity.