The Media Has A Hard Time Calling 'Little Jesse' By The 'T -Word'

Sameera Ehteram
"Little Jesse" Osborne is accused of gunning down his father and two 6-year-old boys.

14-year-old Jesse Osborne allegedly murdered his father, Jeffrey Osborne, then went to Townville Elementary School in South Carolina and allegedly shot a teacher and two children.

The late father had convictions for domestic violence and drug possession against him. It is being reported that Jesse was a victim of domestic violence as well.

He was expelled for bringing a hatchet and machete to school and attacking a boy in 2015. He was homeschooled since then.

His youngest victim of the shooting, Jacob Hall, was just 6. He lost 75 percent of his blood and suffered brain trauma.  He is presently on life support, fighting for his life. 

The fact that media is portraying Osborne as "Little Jesse," a victim of bullying, is as distressing as the heinous crimes he committed.

It's premature to  talk of the motive behind the shooting incident, but, according to witnesses, Jesse Osborne allegedly shouted, “I hate my life!”

Some reports also indicate he was recently given a gun and smoke grenades by his mother, Tiffney Clarke Osborne — something she quite happily shared on her personal Facebook profile, which has since been deleted.

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In a country where a 12-year-old boy is killed for carrying a toy gun (fear of armed assault, of course), a 17-year-old black male gets arrested by the police for reporting his stolen car (they refuse to believe him) and a 14-year-old vandal is labeled "suspect" for carrying a gun and running from police, we have someone like Jesse Osborne, seen as a "victim" just because he doesn't fit the stereotypical profile of a troublemaker.

The double-standards are baffling but not surprising since it has been observed race plays an important role in determining the "status" of an attacker.

Many may criticize San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick for his national anthem protest against racial injustice in the country but there is no denying racism exists.

More than just existing, it penetrates the nooks and crannies of the nation.

Neither James Holmes, who killed more than 10 people in July 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, nor Adam Lanza, who murdered 20 children and seven adults before killing himself in Connecticut, were accused of terrorism.

Remember Dylann Storm Roof? The alleged mass murderer who killed 9 people was a labeled “troubled” white supremacist, not a terrorist.

In fact there were lengthy, painfully detailed articles talking about how he had a "difficult teenage," "difficulties at school” and was “drawn” to white supremacy.

The media's reluctance to call a spade a spade, irrespective of the skin color and racial background, can no longer be denied or overlooked.

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