Separate and Unequal
by nikkid, Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:02:13 PM EST
A Woman Was Beheaded in New York by her Husband!
Shine a light on this story which is being overlooked by the media, but is being circulated as a press release by New York's NOW Chapter:
Marcia Pappas, President of NOW New York asks "Why the media blackout"? The Eerie county DA calls this an act of "domestic violence". A prominent Muslim business man beheaded his 37 year old wife because he was angry over their divorce.
This is OUTRAGEOUS! First that the DA would quantify this brutal murder as 'domestic violence', as though the victim was slapped around a bit. And Second because the media, mainstream or otherwise is not reporting this story!!
Does the media choose not to report the story because it is entrenched in cultural and religious ideologies? It is, afterall, common in some islamic countries to behead, stone or set a woman on fire for disobeying her husband.
And neither the NY Times nor the Washington Post outlines the audacities that occur to women under Sharia Law. While both have run the story that Pakistan "gave into Terrorists" and agreed to install Sharia Law, they do not tell us about the horrors women face under Sharia Law. That women are slaves, they can be sold, beaten and murdered by their husbands who pay no price for these atrocities.
While each story is horrific. A man beheading a woman in New York; a country placing women back into slavery - what is also horrific is the LACK of ATTENTION the media gives to these stories from the Human Rights perspective. These are hate crimes, they are crimes against humanity.
The media coverage of this past election showcased the inequality that still exists in the coverage of women candidates compared to their male counterparts. Both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin faced discrimination by the media in the year 2008. A year when an African American man was elected President. Yet these two women were relegated into caricatures of being Irrelevant and power grabbing (Clinton) or Dumb (Palin).
At what point will someone in the media stand up and say - "Enough! We have to do a better job and get this right!!"