Thursday, January 13, 2011

Comment of the Day: Coverage of Brian Euston's killing isn't about race

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM

click to enlarge Why did the Brian Euston homicide get so much media attention?
  • Why did the Brian Euston homicide get so much media attention?

Following the mysterious killing of Brian Euston in Westport, there was a lot of discussion on why the Euston homicide received so much media attention. An anonymous e-mailer wrote us to give credit where it's due: Euston's family and friends.

Here's the full e-mail: "I'll make it short and sweet. The reason Euston's death has received

so much press has absolutely nothing to do with race. His family and

friends have gone to great lengths to make sure people are aware that

violence and the outrageous number of homicides in Kansas City is

recognized by people of all social classes and races, and that

something needs to be done about it.

"They want justice for their son,

and their efforts are noteworthy-hence the reason it has received so

much press. They refuse to acquiesce to what has happened. If other

families of homicide victims chose to work as hard as the Euston

family to make a difference and find answers, they would receive the

same amount of press. Case in point: it's not because they are a

white family, it's because they refuse to give up until they find

answers and justice is served. Please consider a follow-up article

acknowledging this truth."

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