The Buffalo News Editorial Board is at it again. The nameless, faceless cowards who endorse every machine-backed politician now feel they have the right to cast judgement on city neighborhoods...
Things should work differently in mature communities. It should be that if a hate group tries to spread its racist message, it would be met by a peaceful but determined group of protesters, many of them white, to let the racists know they aren't welcome there.That doesn't seem to be happening now in Lovejoy, and that's one of the saddest aspects of the harassment being visited on the African-American family of Ann Cooper.
So, in other words, the people in Lovejoy aren't as "mature" as the editorial board members and their neighbors. First of all, I'd like to ask the members of the editorial board why they fled to all white towns like Getzville and Clarence in the first place? These people have no idea what it means to be poor, yet they have the right to tell the poor how to live? If they're so concerned about neighborhoods like Lovejoy and the Old 1st Ward, why don't they sell their suburban homes and move down there? I guess it's much easier to throw stones from Spaulding Lake without even knowing the whole story.
The only people who really know what is going on down in Lovejoy are the people involved and the police. People in Buffalo's poorer neighborhoods live next to people of color all the time. When things like this take place, the media is usually not getting the whole story. My neighborhood is multiracial these days. However, a scumbag is a scumbag, and they come in many different colors. We had a drug dealer recently evicted down the street. He happened to be white. I'm sure my white neighbors and the black people living next door to me were both happy to see this guy gone. If he had been black, would we have been racists to want to see him out of the neighborhood?
I don't know the real story going on in Lovejoy. From what I understand, it's a house with 14 people living in it. One Buffalo News reader close to the neighborhood described it as a "welfare motel." The teens in the house recently robbed both a pizza deliveryman and a Chinese delivery worker. The question I have is how many kids live there and by how many fathers? Are the fathers present in the house? Do the juveniles involved (both white and black) have criminal records? For the Buffalo News to tell the residents of Lovejoy they need to be more mature (without knowing any of the facts), is the ultimate in hypocrisy. Thank God nobody wastes their 75 cents on the nonsense they pass off as journalism anymore. Like I said, if the people on the editorial board are really concerned about Buffalo being one of the most segregated regions in the country, sell your suburban homes and move into a city neighborhood. These people have no idea what actually takes place on city streets on a daily basis.
Where's the outrage?