Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Invisible Randy Richmond

Yet another progressive coup for everybodies favourite newspaper person, the one with the super power of invisibility ... Randy Richmond.

This weeks episode: Street Swarmings in London Town

No mention of the race of perps. When my co-workers were discussing this at break (being working poor, that is white people with white privilege who still pay taxes and do not have access to the fast track to social benefits that the disadvantaged do; they live in the area of the crimes) they assume (like the good people of Toronto now do) that the perps are people of color. Indeed, this Toronto phenomena has come to London town. When the main stream media does not mention the race of criminals, public opinion assumes that they are some dusky hue. Now this has been a known thing for some years now. I would have assumed that the invisible Randy would have known this. Regardless of whatever personal standard of journalism he has, he has reinforced racist sentiments in a large number of people. Maybe next time he could mention the race of the criminals. Then again, maybe he is indulging in the 'fight fascism by feeding fascism' so popular with people who make a good living out of espousing hatred for fascists. Maybe it is a property of invisibility.

No mention of the street name or gang affiliation of the perps. Again, this is the pattern of our wiser, better paid, betters in the Main Stream Media. Having once lived in a safe area of Toronto (activist speak: area of white privilege)I know that the street swarmings are how it all starts. My once peaceful neighbourhood in Toronto (the Beaches) began its decline with street swarmings. Now they are in London. It would be nice though to know the street name of the perps and their gang affiliation. Back in Toronto, the soon wary population has learnt to avoid certain colours (especially in cars, clothing, or house trim), not to go out at night, not shop at certain stores, not shop at stores when gangbangers are inside the stores, not leave a new or shiny bicycle outside, even if locked up or hidden in the back yard, not use the nearby instabanks, do not flash cash, cell phones or ipods while on the street, to move in groups (especially if elderly, female, or young), avoid places where you can be mugged (alleys, parks, lawns, parking lots, school yards, and bus stops) and have a mail box that is secure from identity thieves.

It would have been nice for the invisible Randy Richmond to give us a clue as to which Bloods or Crips gang is setting up shop in London. But that sort of fact does not fit the progressive narrative, and might scare the off the taxpayers and lead them to develop a bias against the taxspenders that vote for progressives, provide jobs for progressives, and give heart rending anecdotes that provide the framework for the Ratheresque creative writing that is progressive journalism. When you know the gang, you know what colors to avoid, to watch out for; what type of hip hop the local tribe listens to (and that music that they listen to will foreshadow whatever street cred activity they will indulge in). Street names tell alot about the street behaviour of the oppressed and downtrodden and underfunded: do they prefer rape to robbery, or just public urination and painting over street signs.

One day I will meet the invisible Randy Richmond, hero and champion of our underfunded most vulnerable village peoples. Maybe I can tell him what the people who actually live in the area where the Toronto style urban crime is happening actually saw, heard, and say. Maybe he already knows, having used his invisible powers to see, hear, and ignore. Maybe his journalistic ethics, the textbook to which he keeps between his piggy bank and his copy of Marx, have some higher purpose in witholding, misshaping, and manipulating the news for the gain of the aristocratic class. I will find out. The invisible Randy Richmond is on my list.

I, Fenris Badwulf, wrote this.