"You've never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, 'We can't believe it happened here. We can't believe it's these suburban white kids.' It's only them!"
- Van Jones
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This quote by Van Jones speaks with the racial variations in the manner in which mass shootings are reported on. He is pointing out that when a mass shooting is committed by a white individual, it is typically viewed as a surprise and shock to the neighborhood, while when a black individual commits a mass shooting, it is typically seen as an expected result. He is highlighting the fact that the media often represents white people as innocent and incapable of devoting such acts, while black individuals are typically viewed as more likely to devote such acts. This quote speaks to the systemic racism that exists in our society and how it impacts the manner in which mass shootings are reported on. It also speaks to the requirement for more fair reporting on mass shootings, regardless of the race of the perpetrator.
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