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So…Am I Wrong For Pointing This Out?

Anyone else notice the extreme disparities in the comments on the Clarion Ledger sight re: The Ridgeland Shooting vs. The Terry Shooting? Both incidents. Tragic. Avoidable. Domestic disputes involving family members where tempers got out of hand. Yet, somehow, someway, the Terry suspects have managed to get called "thugs". Their lifestyles questioned, slick racial comments made. But in the case of the Ridgeland shooting...just a horrible tragedy and sympathy for the victim ad her family. Only 5 comments to 15. Am I wrong? Should I just assume that this will always be the norm? How two identical situations. Two identical crimes of passion could be reacted to SO differently. Mississippi, we HAVE to do better than this.

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161851
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Not wrong at all. Like I just posted on your Facebook post, they seem to want to find answers as to why the shooting in Ridgeland happened, but for the Terry suspects, they're ready to go ahead and put them in the chair. Similar things also seem to happen when white kids get in trouble vs. black kids. After the Pearl High School shootings in 1997, one of the main things that came out of that was for parents to talk to their kids. No one would disagree with that in theory, but had it been black kids, the answer would've been something like that they were on welfare and that being on welfare breeds crime.

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golden eagle
Date
2011-01-29T10:05:10-06:00
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161854
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Thanks for pointing this out. These are the kinds of things we can't let slip by without saying anything.

Author
Walt
Date
2011-01-29T13:12:18-06:00
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161859
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I have heard very little about the Ridgeland incident (ironic ?). I'd venture to say that, no you are not wrong.

Author
Queen601
Date
2011-01-31T08:43:18-06:00
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161862
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Yo! Just got into it with a friend - who said she would NEVER LIVE IN HINDS county because of what happened in Terry and Byram the other day. I tried explaining to her that it is all skewed - but she said stuck to her guns. I was just debating the very same thing with someone that moved into a sub-division in Brandon. These were the other reasons given to me as well, our water pipes, our water is not safe, our streets are not safe, the politicians are sorry and our taxes are ridiculous. It's funny you brought this up 'kaze, because stories like that feed into that stigma!

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Duan C.
Date
2011-01-31T14:36:17-06:00
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161867
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To which stories are you referring? There are a few different ones that I can find. In any case, you posted this the morning after the Ridgeland story was posted on the CL website. I checked just a moment ago and it now has over 70 comments, many of them demonstrating the same level of retributive bloodlust as the Terry comments. Since the Terry story broke some 2 days prior to the Ridgeland story, isn't it to be expected that it would have more comments on Saturday when you posted this?

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Mark Geoffriau
Date
2011-01-31T15:26:06-06:00
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161868
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Actually the Ridgeland story has significantly less traffic. And I'm not commenting on the traffic so much as I'm noting the difference in the tone. The Ridgeland case is a saf tragedy where the shooter although guilty, was disturbed. In the Terry case, they were thugs. Animals who killed viciously.

Author
Kamikaze
Date
2011-01-31T18:19:02-06:00
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161869
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That's a constant theme through media coverage of crime. Criminals of color=helpless thugs with terrible families and missing fathers; lock up and throw away key (or hang from gallows in front of state capitol as the Ben & Larry radio show suggested one time). White criminals=disturbed, perhaps due to a difficult childhood, but needs help and understanding; how could this happen in *this* neighborhood? Yes, we need to notice how different incidents are covered. It's a primary reason that the JFP does not sensationalize certain crimes (like a mugging in Fondren or North Jackson) and ignore those in other parts of town. It is irresponsible and leads to self-perpetuating stereotypes.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2011-01-31T18:30:51-06:00

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