Look at the two faces in the picture above. They are both dead Australians. But we only care about one of them.
The picture on the left is Justine Damond, a beautiful white Australian woman who was senselessly gunned down by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call about what sounded like an assault happening in the alley behind her house. Justine was unarmed and in her pajamas at the time she was killed.
The Australian media went nuts. The story was carried by every major news source. Analysis about what happened and why it happened was everywhere.
Australian Journalists descended on Minneapolis. The subsequent street march, the resignation of the police chief, the protests against the mayor, were all reported on at length. Pictures of the blond victim appeared on TV, in newspapers and media sites for days. Reports about her family, her boyfriend, and plans to bring her body home to Australia were filed.
It was a big news story.
The picture on the right is Elijah Doughty, a 14-year-old boy from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. During exactly the same week the Justine Damond story was front and center in our newscasts, the man who chased, ran down and killed the Aboriginal teenager was given a paltry three-year sentence and the media barely reported it. There was just no interest in the general public.
No pictures of the 14-year-old victim plastered on every news broadcast.