Yesterday, I was browsing tumblr when I came across a series of posts about the recent death of a white female dermatologist from suspected drug-related causes. The post was comically poking at the way in which her death was reported, implying that a person of color’s death would never have been reported in the same way. The original article did strike me as somewhat strange (a “cocaine apartment?” really?), but I hadn’t even thought of the potential racial implications until I saw this post. Obviously, some of the comments are meant to be read in a less than serious manner and are mostly just making fun of the absurdity of the whole thing, but I do think there is something legitimate to think about here. I am not intending in any way to trivialize this woman’s death, or view it as a joke, but to rather examine the media’s role in reporting what happened and consider how things might have been different if she was of a different demographic.