posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 10:53 AM
Now that I've had a chance to sleep, mull over some of the things that have been said here, and gain a bit of perspective, I want to address some
First, as mentioned in my previous post, I live not fifteen to twenty minutes from where this shooting took place. It pains me to have to go to these
measures to provide context, but I feel that it will help paint a better picture of the environment and area that this happened in. Simply stating
that this is "the hood" and then going on to imply any number of conclusions based upon that conjecture is simply disingenuous and sadly
For those who have never been here, Atlanta has evolved in such a way that even small communities end up with pockets of population segregated by race
and class. It's hard to explain, but even a relatively small school district here might well service a wealthy black subdivision, a wealthy white
subdivision, two or three middle class areas - one that may be mostly black, another mostly white, and yet another mainly Hispanic. Then, also, two or
three racially segregated ghettos as well.
This is truly an area where an all black, inner city ghetto might well literally be just one block over from an all white neighborhood, consisting of
six to seven hundred thousand dollar homes - with a single school servicing all of the families from both distinctly demographically divergent
To write it off as simply "A thug in the ghetto being a thug in the ghetto" smacks of backhanded racism, IMO - and is highly inaccurate when
considering the actual make-up of the area. There is every possibility that the person involved in this shooting did come from a ghetto. It's also
highly possible that he is from a middle class or even exceptionally wealthy home. In fact, being a local, I can honestly say that the vast majority
of violent crimes in this region are kids who come from middle classed to affluent homes. I honestly think that this is because they want so bad to be
"hard" that they buy into stereotypes and images from media that are extreme exaggerations of what ghetto life is really like.
At any rate - context for those who are interested, from a person who doesn't have to suppose what it is like in south Atlanta.