While Donald Sterling's racial epithets uttered in private conversation with his girlfriend have elicited a condemnation from president Obama and BBC host Jeremy Clarkson apologized on video for 'appearing to use' the N-word in unshown video, and as two British schoolgirls were convicted by a British court for ripping pages out of a Koran, a curious incident has been all but forgotten.
Guess what it might be?
The hashtag on Twitter is #BringBackOurGirls. It's been set up by relatives and friends who know that the dark night of media forgetfulness has already descended on the story that hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram. And you can bet them Boko Haram fellers ain't no gentlemen.
"Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday," according to news sources. The others are being sold off to buyers for $12 each. You could probably eat at Subway for that. But don't order any sandwiches with ham or bacon in certain parts of the UK. Those have been banned.
A Subway spokeswoman told MailOnline that stores have introduced the meat "following a strong demand from our Muslim customers." Branches taking part in the scheme are required to display signs saying "All meats are Halal". Subway sandwiches affected by the rules include the Italian BMT, the Meatball Marinara, Spicy Italian and Steak and Cheese.
It's a good thing the Western elites have got their priorities right, though some disagree. They want the incident remembered. 'Zelli' on #BringBackOurGirls says "234 names, 234 personalities, 234 innocent Black girls. 234 innocent human beings". 'Kim Moore' on the same hashtag asks: "WHY DO WE HAVE TO BEG THE MEDIA TO COVER THE ABDUCTION OF CHILDREN WHO LOOK LIKE US?!?"
Why? Because no white men or Republicans or Christians were involved. So Move On.
Why? Because there's no convenient narrative the media can hang over it. No talking points or "prep", as Jay Carney puts it, can cover it. So it's gone.
Plus it was in Africa. And you know what they say: "T.I.A. This Is Africa." You can watch the famous bar scene here if you like. There's no one to shake down in Africa. Nobody who cares enough to pay the money, and who even if they did, don't have the money to pay anyway.
Funny how political correctness works only in the presence of the green sun of money. Poverty is like Kryptonite to it. As for the girls, well what of them?
"Some of them have been married off to insurgents. A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off," community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, the town where the girls were abducted, told the BBC Hausa Service.
Outrage over the failure to rescue the girls is growing and hundreds of women braved heavy rain to march Wednesday to Nigeria's National Assembly to protest lack of action over the students. Hundreds more also marched in Kano, Nigeria's second city in the north.
"The leaders of both houses said they will do all in their power but we are saying two weeks already have past, we want action now," said activist Mercy Asu Abang.
"We want our girls to come home alive — not in body bags," she said.
Nigerians have harnessed social media to protest, trending under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Fat chance, right. Now, back to Sterling, Clarkson and the Koran desecration. All the news that's print to fit.
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