Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

A lesson in worldy matters

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1136328631102&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154&t=TS_Home

Some in the black community are crying racism, given the outpouring of action and mobilization in Toronto following the shooting death of a 15 year old white girl who was out shopping with he mother and sister. This crime - the result of a gunfight between gangs of idiots - has changed the entire political landscape of Canada at a critical juncture in an election, and may actually lead to completely different election results than would otherwise have happened (Southern Ontario is one of the very few regions of Canada that is actually a flexible electorate, and this suddenly made the focus on a tough-on-crime solution paramount). A tough-on-crime party is likely to take parliament just because a cracker got shot.

Here's the thing that these racism cryers need to take note of.

-No one cares about gangbangers killing each other. If you're a dumb shit that packs heat and plays gangsta, the public isn't going to shed any tears for you when your lame life catches up to you. Don't think it's racism either - No one cares when low-level mob figures kill each other either. Similarily, there is even little attention when prostitutes are killed. All of it is considered a risk of the trade.

-The public pays attention to things they can empathise with, imagining themselves involved. A white girl out shopping getting killed yields a tremendous amount of concern, because the majority of the public knows that could have been them. Get out the police dogs and the battle wagons and start cracking skulls. Compare this to some drug dealers killing each other in a drug turf war - unless you're a drug dealer, do you care? Probably not.

Several years back the police had a constant skirmish with biker gangs, and the public really didn't care, and really didn't support anti-biker initiatives. Then some dumbshit biker broke the unwritten rule, and their actions got an innocent bystander killed (I believe a toddler actually). Shortly thereafter life was hell for every biker gang, and legislation was passed that basically banned even the existence of biker gangs.
Permalink Racial_Reality 
January 3rd, 2006
Was the headline really "White girl killed - now it's time to kick some ass!"?

(tongue-in-cheek; I realize every news program probably ran photos)

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 3rd, 2006
i honestly think the reaction would have been different if the victim was fugly. as it happens, she's kinda photogenic (as a non corpse).

why aren't ugly-canadian groups up in an uproar over the issue? perhaps the public thinks ugly people just have it coming to them...
Permalink Kenny 
January 3rd, 2006
Perhaps they can't stand the sight of each other long enough to congregate.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 4th, 2006

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