It’s a watershed moment in America. A woman who was suspected of murdering her daughter, dumping her in a field and living the high life for 31 days before notifying authorities (excuse: missing child) was rendered not guilty by a jury of her peers. The peanut gallery gasps in horror at this miscarriage of justice for the slain toddler. News, being news in the United States, can only focus on one story per day and this is it.
The jury is a collection of fools. The prosecution was robbed. The toddler’s memory was tarnished. The peanuts take to the street, marching in lock-step tooting their horns and waving the “It’s unfair” flag while singing songs about the terrible, murdering mother. All while overlooking some significant facts:
- It is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove guilt. Clearly, from the jury’s perspective, it did not.
- Children are abused on a daily basis.
I understand the concept of cause célèbre. We all have our pets we choose to support. But let me ask the peanuts in the parade some critical questions:
- Where is your outrage when it comes to other children being abused, beaten and slain?
- Are you fully aware of the broad reach of child abuse?
- Aside from Twattering and Fecesbooking, what are you doing about it?
Now…I’m certainly not denying the right to one’s opinion. What I am trying to do is offer a different side to the tale. It’s very easy to lash out at a monster who would harm his/her child when it’s the dominating story in the daily news. It’s very easy to express outrage. That said, if you’re so horrified by child abuse, what are you doing in your community to stop it?
No one is omnipotent. Dollars to donuts, abuse goes on behind closed doors and the general public is never even aware of it transpiring. That does not change the fact that it does happen. A parent doesn’t have to murder a child to be a monster. A parent doesn’t have to get caught to be guilty of this crime.
The sad fact of the matter is that a variation of Casey Anthony lives on every block in every neighborhood in every state/country. The sad fact of the matter is that most of us are blind to it. Rather than taking the easy way out and joining groups supporting the non-purchase of any tell-all book, why not get involved in your communities and schools and help a child in need? Surely that is a far better investment of time and energy, yes?