Piers Morgan argued Madeleine McCann would not have received the same attention 13 years after her disappearance if she were black during today’s Good Morning Britain.
Yesterday, police confirmed a man, who is currently in jail for sex crimes, had been arrested and charged in Germany suspected of being behind the disappearance.
Madeleine went missing from an apartment on a Portuguese holiday resort on May 3 2007 and coverage of the incident has been global news ever since, while it’s estimated the Metropolitan police investigation, which kicked off 2011, has cost more than £11million.
During a discussion on how white people can check their privilege during today’s Good Morning Britain, Piers questioned if police and the press would have been so invested in the disappearance of a black child.
‘The blanket coverage today of this Madeleine McCann development in all the papers, some papers doing 10 pages before they get to any reference of the Hyde Park protests yesterday for example,’ he began, referring to the Black Lives Matter march which took place in the capital yesterday.
‘It seemed to me as an example of unwitting subliminal decision-making.’
‘I do not think that decision would have been taken if Madeleine McCann had been a black girl,’ he continued. ‘I don’t think it would have galvanised the same attention or attracted the same media attention in such a huge amount so many years after her disappearance.
‘That’s the kind of thing, if I was black, I would look at that and go, “Why is it one rule for white girls that go missing and another rule for black girls who do go missing and don’t get this attention?”’
The discussion came in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against the 46-year-old security guard’s neck for almost nine minutes while he repeatedly said: ‘I can’t breathe.’
Black Lives Matter protests have subsequently swept across the United States and the United Kingdom campaigning against systemic racism towards black people while asking white people to acknowledge their privilege.
Officer Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree murder while three more officers – Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng – all face aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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