News update

People outside of Boston may not realize this, but we have a real crisis in this city. Tonight, three people were killed and a fourth seriously injured in a shooting in a music studio in Dorchester. We are on pace to have the highest murder rate in decades, and almost all of those being killed are young Black men from Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

What’s appalling is that the City of Boston appears to be completely inept at solving the vast majority of these murders. I have to assume that they’re inept, because the alternative is that they don’t care.

Meanwhile, when a darling little blond child disappears, the TV stations, newspapers, and radio sportscasters stop in their tracks to report. This is the story of America, of course, but it doesn’t get told enough, so I’m telling it again.

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~ by realsupergirl on December 13, 2005.

2 Responses to “News update”

  1. Boston.com’s coverage is so blase about this that it’s a crime in itself. A police spokesman is quoted as saying that since it took place inside, “even if if we’d had 100 cops on the beat we wouldn’t have been able to stop this from happening.”

    THAT’S reassuring.

    I’m also concerned because the victims’ ages are all about right to be some of the kids I worked with when I was volunteering at Dorchester High a couple of years ago.

  2. Margaret records in a studio in Dorchester (she also lives in Dot), where she had a session last night. I immediately went to the news story and saw the incident was relatively far away. However Melville Park (where the incident took place ) is actually a pretty cushy neighborhood, according to both my memory and the pictures on http://www.boston.com. If four people were shot in the basement of a home in say, Davis Square, a historically white neighborhood (which doesn’t have houses half as nice!) there’d be a lot more outcry.

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