I keep hearing about how people are disgusted with Casey Anthony writing a book (as if worse things aren’t happening right now). I’ve seen Facebook statuses about people telling Anthony’s dead daughter that they won’t buy her mommy’s book (yeah, that’s healthy and makes plenty of sense!), people who watched the entire trial claiming they don’t want to hear a word she has to say (then why did they stare at her for hours on end? Because they like how she looks?), and that none of them will read it, ever.
Yeah, I believe that one.
Then I read something else that gave me pause. Some people have been pointing out that if young Caylee Anthony had been black (or anything other than a cute white girl), this trial may have not even made the news. Take this piece on several other girls who were killed by their mothers that the media pretty much ignored—and so, of course, did the people of America. Five girls were killed by their mother the same year that Caylee Anthony died—yet hers is the case we’ve heard about, because she’s white and from a middle class neighborhood. Can you imagine if she’d been black and from Brooklyn? People may not have batted an eye, claiming that it was not a surprise.
That’s pretty disturbing in and of itself—but so is the fact that any sentient being would spend so much time wrapped up in the death of a child and the trial of her potential killer at all. After all, if you are that obsessed with child killers, why not watch CourtTV, America’s Most Wanted, and whatever else you can all day, every day, since these things do happen daily? And while you’re at it, wishing justice upon Caylee’s killer and prayers for Caylee herself, why not include some for the millions of kids who are homeless because of abusive parents, the millions who are trafficked into slave labor and sexual slavery every year (including here in the U.S.), and the kids killed by strangers as well?
This makes me think of the Cowardly Lion on The Wizard of Oz—the part where he’s all, “What do they got that I ain’t got?” In Caylee’s case, what they’ve got that she didn’t was color, poverty, and sheer apathy.
And that’s why what happened to the kids in all of these situations will continue.