The Sun should strive to treat victims equally


Published: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 7:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 1, 2007 at 7:19 a.m.

I must agree with the May 25 letter writer about The Sun's coverage of the tragic deaths of Dante Anderson and Curtis Hampton, especially the headline of May 20. With all due respect to young Dante, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few months ago, your paper was biased toward him because of his basketball celebrity.

The bold headline about his death, as opposed to the small type about Curtis Hampton just below, was disrespectful to Hampton. He died in the same accident but happened to not be a popular high school basketball star. Even the front page photographs were wrong: with Dante's being much larger than the photo of Curtis.

The loss of these two young men is sad and tragic anyway you look at it. The Sun did not exercise proper judgment in the way the initial story was presented. I hope and pray this will not happen again, and that there will be no partiality shown when this type of tragedy takes place just because a victim was "famous."

Both families need equal prayer and support to get them through the next few days, weeks and months ahead.

The Rev. Milford Lewis Griner,

Gainesville

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