I am too sorry xyzyra that you haven't had an opportunity to do some fact checking through TFP's latest Right To Know section which features arrest mug shots that feature more "other" folks of color VS blacks. So...there seems to be an alarming percentage of crimes committed here in Chattanooga... PERIOD...by all different ethnic backgrounds. Meth lab creations and sells, prostitution, vandalism, intoxication, etc.
Sad but true.
So so if you don't mind me rephrasing your earlier quote a little, "Underlying factors which cause burying ones head in the sand to what is obvious is, and I totally agree is that there are entire groups of individuals" that are still in belief of the phrase ignorance is bliss.
Which means that if you don't know something, then it can't affect the your view of the world. For example, if a person is completely ignorant of the sciences, the contradicting information can't challenge their belief in whichever religion they're a part of.
Just something for you to reflect upon when you feel the need to project all that negativity on a certain group of individuals that you MUST interact with in this city.
"Can't WE all just get along?" - Rodney King
"Here we go again"....ChicK_V..Why is it that there is always an undertone of racism that comes out of an opportunity to seek justice for a fallen community figure, support of our troubled city youth and seeking a remedy for the disturbing surge of community violence here in Chattanooga.
That affects us ALL here in the community, not just "black" folks. Racism and ignorance is truly one of the core underlined issues that remains unchallenged here in this city.
Without seeking some common ground to address those issues, you become part of the problem and a contributor to the downfall and tragic journey of us all that try to strive for better in this community.
I apologize for my poor typing but I'm incensed over this story and its slant.
The story in my view indirectly leads "folks" to believe that due to a presumed sexual orientation it was OK to kill an innocent soul.
Henry and his cousin will get their day in court here on earth and one day in Heaven or Hell...
I'm in agreement with sandyonsignal's statement on "gay baiting". While shopping this morning at Wal-Mart I can across TFP, saw the front page, and literally became immobile and emotionally filled with total dismay and anger.
I already assumed, from the careless comment from Edison last week about the questioning of Pastor Strong's sexual preference as well as the current situation with Bishop Long in Atlanta, GA, that someone would be so dumb witted to spiral down this path of character slander. WHATEVER his sexual preference WAS, WE shouldn't try to project any form of opinion or judgment without hearing from his side which is now impossible since he is dead!!!!!!
TFP, I HIGHLY suggest that you DO NOT continue to indirectly distort the true angle of this tragedy which I believe should be fixed on increased community violence, lack of parental/community guidance and support for at risk youths and a deficient amount of law enforcement in high crime areas within our community.
If you continue sensationalizing this for a way to boost your financial foundation and/or seek ways to increase your "brand" to a national platform for viewers and potential sponsors, WE, IN THIS COMMUNITY (especially persons of color and minority descent) will respond in kind.
This process can be achieved by boycotting your "brand", your existing and potential advertisers/sponsors, sharing our dismay to other local and national communities and media forums, etc.
Though I believe and appreciate that you are "trying" to give voice to all sides of this tragedy, this particular storyline did not deserve the front page of your publication.
Mrs. Strong asked us all to begin the process of forgiving this misguided souls. I now believe we will have to add TFP to the fold.
I attended Pastor Strong's Prayer Vigil yesterday and experienced a rare moment here in Chattanooga. Church full of different faith, color and gender congregating together to celebrate someone's life.
NO malice toward each other, just a communion of spirits bonding. It was emotionally overwhelming. It is my hope that we all continue to forge this type of fellowship in this community and seek out ways to work together on fighting this epidemic on our streets.
WE HAVE GOT TO GET A HANDLE ON THE VIOLENCE!
I am appalled and dismayed that Lt. Kirk Eidson would take a callous indifference to the suffering of the Strong Family and the many individuals in our community. EVEN if it is found that Reverend Strong's sexual preference was homosexual, it doesn't negate that fact that his contribution to his church as well as this city at large was felt and should not be diminished by throwing out to the media such an inappropriate comment. The timing of that form of ignorance is inexcusable.
ALLOW HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS, LOVED ONES AND THE COMMUNITY to celebrate his life in a positive atmosphere. His memory shouldn't be skewed by this type of negative onslaught.
And to the TFP staff, please remember that though your responsibility is to bring forth the news (good or bad), there are moments of clarity you seem to miss when it comes to reaching for the true story. THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!!! Spewing out information without any form of proof or as least allowing someone, hell, anyone to refute statements is just irresponsible on your part.
LET us all move forward and come together as a community to mourn the loss of a good community man and seek out ways to dampen this youth violence that plagues our streets!!