Piers Morgan has argued during this morning’s Good Morning Britain that if Madeleine McCann had been black, then the case would not have received so much attention.
Yesterday it was confirmed that there was a new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case and a German man has been suspected of being responsible for the little girl’s disappearance in 2007.
Whilst on a Portuguese holiday resort with her family, Madeleine went missing from the holiday apartment on May 3, 2007. Ever since the mysterious case has haunted the globe and it has been estimated that the Metropolitan police have invested over £11 million in the investigation to find answers.
On today’s Good Morning Britain, there was a discussion on white privilege and Piers questioned if police and the press would have been so invested in the case if it had been the disappearance of a black child.
Referring to the Black Lives Matter march which took place in the capital yesterday, he began: “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.
“It seemed to me as an example of unwitting subliminal decision-making.”
He continued: “I do not think that decision would have been taken if Madeleine McCann had been a black girl.
“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.”
The discussion took place in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer Derek Chauvin. He pressed his knee against the 46-year-old security guard’s neck for almost nine minutes. Despite Floyd repeatedly pleading for air.
Subsequently, Black Lives Matter marches have taken place across the US and the UK, as people have begun campaigning against the systematic racism towards black people whilst asking white people to acknowledge their privileges.
Derek Chauvin has since been fired and charged with second-degree murder while three more officers – Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng – who are all facing aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.