On Friday, Fox News displayed a graph that appeared to compare the amount the stock market has risen in the week after various racial tragedies, including the assassination of Martin Luther King, the beating of Rodney King, the Ferguson incident, and the death of George Floyd.
UPDATE: On Saturday Morning, Fox News issued an apology, stating: “The infographic used on FOX News Channel’s Special Report to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest should have never aired on television without full context. We apologize for the insensitivity of the image and take this issue seriously.”
2. Here’s the video of the graphic as it aired on Fox News this evening. pic.twitter.com/Iww2DnzkkI
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 5, 2020
Commenters on social media were horrified, and slammed Fox for even making the comparison.
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) June 6, 2020
Companies release generic statements that they support protesting, business save face and get more business.
— Christian (@Chris_Visual) June 5, 2020
Fox news is measuring how baby Dow Jones does when black people are murdered
— ᴀʀᴛ 🇺🇸 (@__Arthur_Dent__) June 5, 2020
They’re not saying it’s good. They’re saying, hey doesn’t hurt us so who the fuck cares, which is just as bad.
— Ad astra (@Ad_astra_34) June 6, 2020
famous banality: “You can’t put a dollar value on human life.”
FOX News: pic.twitter.com/rvmMGsefeb
— David (@DiscreetLatino) June 5, 2020
This is absolutely vile – this is why poverty and homelessness mean nothing. Lives mean nothing to these companies. Rich people make money from murders. It’s disgusting
— Amy Jo Kukec (@ajoteller) June 5, 2020
What kind of hell is this?!😳 In whose mind of horrors did this originate?
This is some kind of real s*%t.
— Kat Denise (@katpic57) June 5, 2020
Black folks being lynched has always been entertainment in this country. White folks would have picnics under hanging bodies and sold postcards of lynched folks for entertainment purposes. The replayed that Rodney King video ad nauseum…nothing has changed.
— KateRockLitChick (@KateRockLitChik) June 5, 2020
Seriously though, it’s like the humanity has left their consciousness. I’m consistently stunned by the lack of empathy for the fellow human being.
— Alberto Fortuny (@Chunkywater) June 6, 2020
God, I miss the days when sociopaths were in the closet instead of reveling in it openly.
— Cat Food Casserole (@CasseroleFood) June 5, 2020