Saturday, December 09, 2006

Can you say OVERREACTION???

There are more than 500 murders in Chicago every year. Does each one get this kind of police response and press coverage? Not!

Then again, I guess when poor people shoot each other in their poor neighborhoods, they don't inconvenience rush hour commuters.

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Anonymous Mr. Molitor said...

are you kidding about the overreaction?you have 50,000 people walking to the scene of a hostage standoff on top of a major commuter station. Come on! I agree about the press being biased but this was a big deal. I always love when there's a rape in wrigleyville and there's a big manhunt. The only time you hear about something on the south side is when they catch some serial rapist. I'm curious if there's some type of ratio they use to make the press I"m thinking 5 or more rapes.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Jenska said...

There was also some sort of fire in the lower level of the 900 N. Michigan mall last night -- we saw practically every fire truck around the building, but inside there were no signs of trouble aside from a firefighters and some smoke.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous dan l said...

Well um, yes.

HBT incident in a place where there's a high volume of people vs. some gang non-sense on 63rd and Cottage Grove. Which is more important to you? And which is more rare?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can’t help but see a recent theme in this blog of bashing white people. While racism (and other –isms like sexism) is a serious problem in our society, maybe you could make some more positive suggestions for action rather than obsessing over the bias in the media and our society.

We all know it’s there, and reminders of it are good—we don’t want to get too isolated in our physical or virtual communities. Why don’t you write some articles highlighting how it’s improving or what can and should be done to improve it to go along with your reminders?

12:57 PM  
Blogger ap said...

Sorry, but there's no such thing as "white racism." For racism to exist, one group must hold power over another. In this society, that ain't gonna happen.

As for Dan's comment, you're right ... one of the definitions of news is something out-of-the-ordinary. Gangs killing each other certainly isn't rare, which is one reason it gets no press coverage. On the other hand, if you look at it from a different context, it is rare and newsworthy: Compare our murder rate with that of other industrial countries. Why do we have so many more murders? And why don't we give a fuck about the kids on 63rd and Cottage Grove?

8:28 PM  
Blogger Jenska said...

It's like reporting on plane crashes vs. car accidents -- driving your car is far more dangerous, yet we rarely hear about accidents unless they are car pileups. Gang violence affects a huge amount of people all over this country, and the urban areas are not the only places that get hit. Many of us pretend that it doesn't affect us if we don't live at 63rd and Cottage Grove, but it really does. Think of how many people avoid living in bad neighborhoods if they can afford to. Think of how many people are victims of crime as a result of drugs -- something that funds gangs in this country. Think of the suburban kids being recruited into gangs because the ganglords need a way to expand their business of making money off drugs.

I can't say that I have a solution, but I do agree that at least acknowleging the problem is a step in the right direction.

11:47 AM  

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