Thursday, April 6, 2006

Today in Dink Blog a selection of community-based writers respond to recent insurgent attacks in the city of London.

We don't know enough to know we don't know enough

We're hearing a lot in the past few days about car shootings, brandishings, and other gunplay here in the Forest City. But no reports are telling us what the insurgents are trying to achieve. To call this "crime", when we only know what the media wants us to know, is to prejudge the issue. And as you will recall from your training, judgment divorced from progressiveness is the enemy of sympathy and coolness, contributing to the rise of this insurgency.

It's a newspaper's job to report the facts without implying how we should feel about them. This Free Press report, not to mention the one on the London Fog, is so one-sided that it might almost be straight from Stephen Harper's "anti-crime" speechwriters who would love for Haliburton to get the contract to repair the damage caused by the insurgents to this lady's car. If indeed it was insurgents who did it. In fact there are already several documentaries proving that only Israeli shotguns and handguns could do the kind of damage that the insurgency allegedly did to that car. The Bush White House is the most corrupt administration of my lifetime.
Aloysius Krane is a visual artist specializing in transgressive pottery.

Simplistic, blinkered vision blinkers simplistic vision

Those who sympathize with the counterinsurgents assume that the world simplistically divides into "good" and "bad". For the comfortable few that might be easy to do, but it's not so cut and dried for the people living the reality of Brisbin Street. Who knows if it's more violent there than it was four years ago? Do any of us live there? Have any of us ever been there? Have any of us ever wiped the sweaty brow of a terrified gangsta as the police pull him away from his adopted community, or helped an equally terrified shooting victim understand that their injury is an opportunity for another's redemption?

I can understand the temptation to fit everything into simplistic little boxes and put your fingers in your ears. I too was once idealistic, and even extremist in some ways, but as I grew spiritually and experienced more of life and God's leniency, I began to understand that that which society may label as "evil" or "criminal" can sometimes get results completely unattainable by other means.

As for me, when I go up to campus early tomorrow morning and pass through insurgent-controlled territory, I'll be trying to build bridges, not apply labels. Labels are the building blocks of thought. Thought is the first step toward a closed mind.
Hilda Reich is pastor of Supine Road United Church.


Daniel said...

O, god... that was perhaps the funniest thing I've ever read online! More of that, please!

Honey Pot said...

yeah, that was really, really good. hahahahahaha

MapMaster said...

Regular feature, please! "Local writers respond to stimuli" -- classic.