By: Martha Woodward
Thank you Glenn Beck. Finally, after over six years the Christian-Newsom case is getting national attention as Glenn Beck has interviewed the parents of the two young people who were murdered so senselessly. Isn’t it strange that it takes a conservative like Beck to point out racism? This case is way more horrific than the Trayvon Martin case, but since it was black on white crime you see where the media puts all its attention.
I have not noticed Obama stepping up to comment on which one of the monsters who killed Christian and Newsom would look like him if he were his father.
According to Beck, “Oprah made headlines when she compared the shooting death of Martin to the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. During an interview, Oprah said in her mind the two deaths were “the same thing.”(Note that Oprah had to go all the way back to 1955 to find a problem).
In the wake of those comments, one of Glenn’s listeners called into the Glenn Beck Radio Program to express her outrage that people like Oprah, President Obama, Al Sharpton and others are so quick to publicize racial tensions in the death of Trayvon Martin, but have completely ignored the tragic murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom from Knoxville who were raped, tortured, and murdered after being kidnapped the evening of Jan. 6, 2007. Glenn, who was unfamiliar with the story, promised the listener he would look into it. He did and he is interviewing both sets of parents.
The entire mess just makes my blood boil. Unfair that Martin gets all the attention when Channon and Christopher were treated so horribly! My heart bleeds for these parents every time I see or hear anything about this case.
Every now and then it is a good thing to look at what the U.S. Census Bureau says about Knox County. Here are a few items of interest:
The population of the State of Tennessee is about 6,456,243. These other figures involve Knox County only:
Population of Knox County 2012: Estimated 441,311
Ages: Persons under 5 years, 5.9 percent; Persons under 18 years, 21.5 percent ; Persons 19 to 64 years, 58.9 percent; Persons 65 years and over, 13.7 percent ; Female persons, 51.3 percent ; Male persons 48.7 percent.
Race: White alone, 86.5 percent ; Black or African American alone, 9.1 percent ; American Indian and Alaska Native alone, 0.4 percent ; Asian alone, 2.1 percent; Hispanic or Latino, 3.8 percent; Foreign born persons, 4.3 percent; Language other than English spoken at home, age 5 plus, 5.6 percent.
Education: High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 plus, 89.0 percent ;
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 plus, 34.0 percent.
Housing: Housing units, 195,694; Living in same house one year & over, 85.4 percent
Homeownership rate, 66.6 percent; Average value of owner-occupied housing units, $154,900; Households, 179,705; Persons per household, 2.32.
Income: Per capita (person) money income in the past 12 months, $28,042; Average household (combined) income, $47,277; Persons below poverty level, 13.7 percent.
What does it mean? Well of the 44l,000 thousand people who live in Knox County, 66 percent live in dwellings they own. Eighty-nine percent finished high school with 34 percent finishing college. Eighty-six percent are white while nine percent are black and the average age is somewhere around 38. There are far more senior citizens than children. Most folks live with at least one other person and tend to stay put. People who work earn about $28,000 per year, however that amount is far less for females. Slightly more females live here than males meaning there are probably more females in the 13.7 percent who live in poverty.
Most families in Knox County get by on less than $47,000 per year, yet when the local politicians get ready to raise taxes these are the folks they turn to for more cash. This is why I am ALWAYS against raising taxes. Government should have to cut back and trim spending just like families have to when times get tough.