I saw a report in October on CNY Central News.
The report described a murder that was committed on the South Side on Calthrop Avenue.
The reporter gave a description of the suspect: a black man in dark clothes. I fit that description, as I am sure many other African-American men do.
In my opinion:
- News reporters are bound to accuracy and that “non description” is anything but accurate.
- That description probably fit hundreds of African-American men, if not thousands. It fit me.
- What benefit can that description be to “anyone,” since descriptions are meant to help in apprehending criminals?
- These types of slights are typical of police and news organizations, so what message are they really sending out? It’s certainly not a knowledgeable or helpful one considering the times.
- I wrote News Center. Their response: Blame it on (information from) police.
- There is no excuse for slighting a whole population of men. They really didn’t address anything at all about their choice to repeat the information. The police didn’t make them do that.
Former South Side resident