Why aren’t we as universally outraged over Sandra Bland’s death as we are over Cecil the lion?

 

The loss of a rare and beautiful creature like Cecil has stirred outrage from around the world. The only controversy seems to be which continent gets to prosecute Palmer first.

 

While a few mush-brained “Libertarian” types have come down on Palmer’s side, the bulk of the reaction to his crimes — which include bribing of wildlife officials — has been negative.

 

Not so the death of Sandra Bland, which has seen major network news anchors asserting that she could have used her lit cigarette as a weapon against the police. Others have argued that Bland only had her own “arrogance” to blame for the fact that she ended up dead in a prison cell over an improper lane change.

 

In Alabama, 18-year-old Kindra Chapman was found dead in her cell on July 14, just hours after she had been booked into the Homewood City Jail. Officials say she hanged herself with a bed sheet.

 

It is a credit to humanity that we can be unified in outrage at the death of an innocent creature like Cecil the lion, the 13-year-old protected Zimbabwean lion who was illegally poached by wealthy midwestern dentist Walter Palmer last week.

 

 

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