The nation has been attentively watching at the abundance of murders in Chicago this year. Well, in St. Louis we have had two shootings that have gotten local and national attention but it seems that those two cases have been handled differently. It is two different tales with two similar types of people with different resolutions in the same city. Some say the way the case was handled has a lot to do with race while others contribute the difference to the no snitching policy adopted in many urban neighborhoods. Megan Boken and Aniya Cook were two women who were murdered in St. Louis last month. Both women shared similar stories as they were both trying to better themselves through a college education but there was one glaring difference between both women’s cases being solved which has had the city of St. Louis upset…one was white and the other was black.
Megan Boken was a Saint Louis University graduate and volleyball player from Wheaton, IL (suburb of Chicago). Megan had come back to St. Louis for some job interviews and to play in an alumni volleyball game. Megan was murdered in broad during an attempted robbery attempt in broad daylight in the trendy area of the Central West End. Megan’s murder received nation and local press to the extent that the Chief Police and Mayor held press conference asking people to help solve her murder. Saint Louis University and Washington University also pulled together 20,000 dollars for someone who could identify the culprits of this case. A week or so later two suspects were apprehended
Aniya Cook honor roll student who had received a scholarship to Missouri State University. Aniya was sitting in the car with her boyfriend one night in front of her home talking when shots were fired at the car and where she was struck twice. Aniya would die a few days later from those injuries. Her killers are still at large. No resolution for the Cook family.
I have always had an ongoing tongue in cheek joke where I would say the only person society cares about is white women with blonde hair and blue eyes. We are looking for Natalee Holoway still and we get monthly updates about JonBenet Ramsey’s which happened almost 16 years ago. They have all kinds of ransoms and money out there for people to get solve these cases. If a black woman is missing all you are going to see for ransom is… “Help Us Find Keisha…We May Have a Bucket of Chicken For You!”
In all seriousness if you look at both of these cases they aren’t too much different but the way the media and government responded to it. Megan Boken was given a national case because of her being an innocent student while Aniya Cook is just now getting a spotlight(Mayor Francis Slay attended a vigil for Aniya). This awareness and uproar over Aniya’s story has only come after people have looked at the way the city of St. Louis and the local media ejaculated all over the story. Both cases are tragic things that shouldn’t happen to anyone and both families should have the opportunity to have some closure about their loved one’s death. Is Megan’s life worth more than Aniya’s? This year regardless of how many feel about it but black people were reminded that a black life isn’t worth the same as a white life in America (Shout out to Trayvon Martin case). Is this another case where we only care about one’s life over another?
On the real, I get the economics of the game and why there was a ransom for the killers of Megan. Some people have commented that Megan’s case was covered more because she was a scholar athlete at SLU and that most of the other senseless murders in St. Louis are gangbanger vs. gangbanger. But, isn’t Aniya in essence the same woman as Megan but that her skin is black and her incident. We as a country have to ask ourselves if we want to believe in this so-called American Dream we have to reevaluate what life is. St. Louis is a city notorious to crime but why settle in on this one case and try to find a collective way to St. Louis safer? We have people out here fighting for the pro-life of unborn kids but don’t even give a damn about the kids that here in the world now unless they look like the American ideal.
Then on the other side of the coin the black community has a wack and warped idea of “Stop Snitching” that would help many murders be solved. Money talks and bullshit runs the marathon but my question for you to go forth with is why are two women who in all circumstances were great and intelligent women lives valued differently? Why didn’t any of the universities throw any money at the Aniya Cook case since that is the main reason some people are saying her case wasn’t solved? Oh, you know what I get it I guess some lives in America are only worth “50 dollars and a bucket of chicken”
“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care what goes on in the Hood”- Doughboy in Boyz in the Hood