After she died of a heart attack likely brought on from being spooked by a car driven into nearby pedestrians in Charlottesville, Heather Heyer received a nationally televised funeral. The first three youtube results on “Heather Heyer funeral” are videos from PBS, ABC, and Fox News. Donald Trump praised her (for what, exactly, is anybody’s guess–what happened to the Trump who insinuated that suffering is not synonymous with heroism?) and virtue-signalers across the country beat their breasts in a week of mourning.
On Thursday, Melanie Smith was laid to rest. She was shot in the back while walking through the parking lot of her church outside Nashville. As she lay wounded, the Sudanese immigrant who pulled the trigger walked over to where she lay bleeding. He stood over her and then shot her again in the face, this time fatally. The mother of a 12 year-old son and 19 year-old daughter was killed in the same way a stray dog might have been in–to name a random country–Sudan.
Neither her funeral nor the vigil preceding it appear to have been covered by the local media, let alone national outlets. The first three youtube results on “Melanie Smith funeral” are of an unrelated family’s funeral from four years ago, a three-song playlist uploaded in 2011, and a clip of some woman–definitely not our Melanie Smith–in Mexico City.
To say she has already left the national consciousness would be to pretend that she was ever permitted into it in the first place.
Between the late Heather Heyer and the next Heather Heyer, there’ll be countless Melanie Smiths, forsaken victims fed unceremoniously to the
god Moloch transPOCgoddess Diversity.
The reactions–or lack thereof–to these incidents are drearily predictable. They are, that is, until suddenly they are not. That time draws nearer by the day.