My former journalism professor would be disappointed in me right now.
Mr. Jensen taught us to separate the emotional self from the story and/or its subjects. You are on the scene to report, to relay the pertinent facts, to practice the ABCs of journalism -- Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity -- you're an unbiased eyewitness for those not on the scene.
But the news of Shaniya Davis'journey from childhood to the sex trade to death makes me so angry.
Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Davis, 25 has been charged with felonious child abuse and human trafficking. The alleged John, Andrette McNeill, 29, faces kidnapping charges after he was reportedly spotted carrying the child at a hotel.
The child's funeral, follow by the news of her mother's new pregnancy has sent my emotions into a tail spin.
But the comments on Twitter are downright scary.
Deeceevoice wrote: "Short eyes. I don't expect Mario McNeill or Antoinette Davis, if convicted, 2 survive long n the prison population. They're already dead." Adds commenter ladysexxy1: "I hope ANTOINETTE DAVIS BURNS!!!!"
Justice -- via the U.S. court system -- is due.
I hope these cyber-expressions of vigilance manifest in a more positive manner, that is, in a collective effort to watch over the children, and to protect them even if it's from their own mothers.
Hell, especially if its from their own monstrous mothers.
This tragedy has really opened my eyes to the sex trade on America's soil. No longer is it a problem reserved for the so-called Third World underground economy.
It's our problem too.
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