The death of the five-year-old child from North Carolina, Cannon Hinnant, has become big news over the past week. Which I must say, is quite odd considering at first the news was that this event wasn’t news — yeah, it’s another one of those stories.
I first heard of the story on 8/11/2020 when I saw Daily Wire writer Matt Walsh tweet the following:
Say his name. 5 year old Cannon Hinnant was executed in cold blood while riding his bike. The accused killer is Darius Sessoms. He allegedly walked up to the boy and shot him dead in front of his sisters. Reverse the races and this is the only thing anyone talks about for a month.
Matt Walsh followed this up with a thread of him Googling the URL’s of various national news websites followed by “Cannon Hinnat” and coming up blank. Of course, the main reason for this is because murder tends to only be a local story unless very specific conditions are met, and the death of one random civilian at the hands of another random civilian is simply not that big of news.
Darius Sessoms was imminently caught and charged after killing another human being. What the people who were begging this to become national news were essentially asking was for a story headlined with “Justice System Works Exactly How It’s Suppose To — That’s It.”
But what are those exceptions I mentioned earlier? Well, it usually has to involve some form of moral ambiguity (Trayvon Martin) or be done by a man in a position of power (George Floyd, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and so on). Here’s how Matt describes the murder in an article for The Daily Wire:
It is a story that shocks the conscience. Even amid all of the death and atrocity in the world, it stands out, and sticks with you. Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was murdered in cold blood this past Sunday while out riding a bike in front of his father’s house. The alleged killer, Darius Sessoms, was witnessed walking right up to the child, putting the gun to his head, and pulling the trigger. An execution at point blank range, of a small child, in front of his sisters who were also playing outside at the time.
As it stands, neither of the criteria I mentioned apply to this case. Nothing about this is morally ambiguous, Darius Sessoms was clearly in the wrong. Darius Sessoms also did not have any form of power, and as such he was nothing more than a random civilian committing murder.
Walsh also makes this claim slightly later down:
Here’s another thing [we know]. The name Cannon Hinnant would be known across the country, and the name Darius Sessoms reviled the world over, if the races were reversed. A story of a white man running up to a black child and executing him while he rode his bike would be front page news for weeks. And there would almost certainly be rioting, spurned on in part by the incessant coverage.
Does he have any examples of this? Well yes actually, here’s what he writes:
It will be claimed that Cannon’s execution is not as newsworthy because it was carried out by a civilian, not an agent of the state. But Ahmaud Arbery was killed by civilians. So was Trayvon Martin. They are both household names.
Again, all those cases were filled with moral ambiguity and mystery regarding the actions before the aggression transpired. Walsh should know this considering he spent much of 2013 defending George Zimmerman, and was attacked by those who disagreed with him on Ahmaud Arbery. Who is defending Darius Sessoms? Who, for that matter, is attacking others who believe Cannon Hinnant was wrongfully murdered?
I remember a few years back I heard a story about an Asian woman around where I live chopping up her children and using them as compost — which is much worse than what Darius Sessoms. Again, you more than likely didn’t hear that story, because the woman in question was quickly charged and everyone quickly moved on with their lives.
One last note, you guys might have noticed Matt Walsh was more than happy to repeatedly say the name Darius Sessons. However, this contradicts the policy The Daily Wire said they were going to adapat in response to the New Zealand Mosque Shooting — you know, that one where the shooter said he was radicalized by Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens (as well as Fortnite and Spyro The Dragon)?
Here is what Ben Shapiro said when announcing this new policy:
It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the value of public knowledge regarding specific names and photographs of mass shooters is significantly outweighed by the possibility of encouraging more mass shootings.
I should note, they reversed that policy quietly and have since deleted that article. Rather it was Ben really trying to cover up the support the shooter gave to him and his friends or it was just him virtue signaling, I have no idea.
Here’s how Daily Wire writer Amanda Prestigiacomo described the event on her article on the topic:
On Sunday, 25-year-old black male Darius Sessoms allegedly murdered 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who is white, in Wilson, North Carolina, in front of the boy’s two young sisters.
They not only said the name of Darius Sessoms, but they said his name before they said the name of Cannon Hinnant. Could it be because Darius Sessoms is a black man who doesn’t agree with them politically — or did they just realize that policy was utter nonsense, you make the call!