The term “#SayHisName” is trending on Twitter, in hopes that the media will recognize a young boy who was murdered in cold blood.
The controversy surrounds 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who was murdered in cold blood outside his North Carolina home on Sunday.
His killer, identified as 25-year-old convicted felon Darius N. Sessoms, allegedly walked up to the boy, put an illegally-possessed gun to his head, and executed him.
The incident was witnessed by several individuals, including Hinnant’s young sisters and their neighbor, Doris Lybrand.
“My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” Lybrand told WRAL. “For a second, I thought, ‘That couldn’t happen.’ People don’t run across the street and kill kids.”
While such a story would no doubt make mainstream media headlines in any other given year, 2020 was not the year for Cannon Hinnant, as his white complexion and black attacker did not make for “narrative-friendly” news amidst a massive supportive push for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Since the incident, only one major TV news outlet -Fox News- has appeared covered the incident, with other powerhouses such as CNN and MSNBC remaining silent.
The lack of coverage and alleged hypocrisy has driven people to Twitter, taking the BLM-appropriated phrase of “#SayHisName” and posting it for a five-year-old who never even had a chance to fight back.
From celebrities such as James Woods to the everyday netizen, people are demanding justice.
One woman, Cathy, lives a short distance from where the murder took place.
“I live in Clayton NC a short distance from Wilson NC where this little boy was executed,” she wrote. “We must shout this one from the hilltops!”
Cathy took note that the story may have been mainstream had the victim and perpetrator been of different races.
“Enough is enough,” she wrote. “His sisters will be scarred for life having witnessed his murder. Imagine if he was black and a white man killed him.”
Rob Gavagan was also incensed over the matter.
“His name was Cannon Hinnant,” he tweeted. “He was five years old. His murder doesn’t fit the narrative of the media that is tearing us all apart. Making us hate ourselves, hate each other.”
Democratic Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren was put on blast for listing a series of names involving people killed during police encounters -including several who were actively attacking or resisting officers at the time of their death- on August 9, seemingly leaving out the issue of Hinnant’s murder.
“Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and too many others should still be alive today,” she wrote
“You mean like Cannon Hinnant?” SigShooter23 replied.
Others targeted CNN on their Twitter feed, inundating every article with demands to cover the boy’s death.
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