A few days ago an Italian of Senegalese origin attempted to set fire to a bus full of schoolchildren in retaliation for the government’s immigration policies. It took a while for the mainstream media to get around to reporting on it in any depth, presumably because it took time to identify the sort of hero they’re after:
This boy is a little hero. He managed to free his hands from the handcuffs, hurting himself in the process, after he saw a phone accidentally left on the ground and called the police. Because of him, all the children in the attack in #Milan were saved. https://t.co/XQtcxy1cJH
— Alessandra (@alessabocchi) March 21, 2019
No, not that sort of hero. This sort:
The media is now celebrating only Ramy, of Egyptian origin, as the hero who made the call in an effort to instrumentalize his nationality & are totally ignoring this Italian boy, called Riccardo, who freed himself & passed him the phone in the first place. https://t.co/e7a6jKCQO1
— Alessandra (@alessabocchi) March 22, 2019
It’s funny how the media always finds the right sort of hero when covering these events, isn’t it? And when do we all dress up as pizza slices?