Not Everyone Loves the Attacking Teens

Belle writes:

Previously unheard voices of dissent within the City’s black community are now speaking out about how private groups and public officials have conducted themselves in the wake of the attacks by CHS students. Lisa Provence has the story in The Hook. Note: Provence’s last, related story, concerning media coverage of the attacks, created at lot of discussion at cvillenews.com.

6 Responses to “Not Everyone Loves the Attacking Teens”


  • I think the keywords here are “Previously unheard.” Kudos to Lisa for making these words heard, and criticising the earlier media coverage which ignored them.

  • Lisa did a great job getting people to talk. I think a lot of African-American’s are unhappy with the support effort of Alvin Edwards committee but they are not speaking out publicly. Members of various African-American congregations have told me that they received a letter from the support committee asking for money. They didn’t send any because they don’t want to condone the violence. They also don’t want to go public with their disent.

    Kevin Cox

  • Kudos to Lisa for making these words heard, and criticising the earlier media coverage which ignored them.

    Yes, kudos to the reporter. I think that while The Hook hasn’t been reporting on the day-by-day details of attacks and trials (which is the natural province of a daily paper, or the electronic media), they have done a super job in these two pieces from Provence. Both remind us that this story — of race and crime and politics in Charlottesville — is anything but simple.

    I didn’t see in the story any criticism of the other media, though — as you suggest. Rather, I think her point that those black Charlottesvillians who didn’t like the way the way Edwards and the City handled themselves were “reluctant” to speak out before now.

    I suppose the relevant questions are: why reluctant before?; and why not now?

  • Would you attribute any political (i.e., May 7th) importance to this dissent?

  • No, I don’t think so. I think Kenneth Jackson is a brave soul who wants people to know the truth and wants to build a constructive dialog that helps heal instead of dividing us further.

    Kevin Cox

  • I think Kenneth Jackson is a brave soul who wants people to know the truth

    … and who wants people to vote for non-incumbent Rob Schilling.

    There’s political significance to everything.

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