I confess that the whole idea [behind celebrity deaths being portrayed by the media as tragic] rather perplexing, reflecting the same hierarchy of life that laws about hate crimes embody. I have never understood why the teenager who kills someone because of the colour of their skin or their sexuality should be treated any differently by the courts to the one who kicks to death the homeless man on the street. Does the lack of identity politics, a lobby group and electoral significance render a street dweller’s life of any less value?
This hits the nail on the head, especially the “lack of identity politics, a lobby group and electoral significance” observation. I had this same concept in my head for a while—but not the words to articulate it.
And what, non-hate crimes are never done out of hate?
I think that’s a good point about the hate crime concept inadvertently creating a hierarchy of [murdered] life—it reminds me of the caste system, though with the homeless and the unborn near the bottom.
In 21st century western society, if one kills someone of a certain politicised demographic, then it’s not just bad, but really bad—especially when politicians can get political mileage out of it. But kill someone outside of that demographic (that doesn’t garner the same political mileage) and it’s not really bad, but just bad.
(Leftist) equality my foot.
My two cents
Trueman, C. (2009). Celebrating the Death of Meaning. Available: http://www.reformation21.org/counterpoints/celebrating-the-death-of-meaning.php. Last accessed 28th Jan 2013.