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The implications of race in the creative world are huge. Opportunities are often given or denied as a result of it (that is not the same as because of it.) Race and culture also have an impact on preferred aesthetic or subject matter in art. When I saw the "Artists to Watch" issue, I didn't pick it up. I just so happen to not appreciate the Virgina Highland hipster aesthetic that I expected within the pages. That approach is many things that I find uninteresting and those things are confounded with a young, White cultural expression. Does that make me any more racist than the editors who go gaga for it (to the exclusion of Black, Hispanic, or Asian artists?)
This made me so happy.
I saw a man put items that were clearly not recyclable into the recycling unit outside of the Yogurt Tap downtown and I'm still outraged.
This world's not what it used to be.
It seems that you know that yuppie is short for "young urban professional" without any consideration of race so I think within your own understanding of the term is your answer.
I think your response just goes to show the tricky intersection of race and class when it comes to the issues of gentrification and urban crime.
According to the article, these gangs have existed for years and I assume have always been a threat in their neighborhoods (back when they used to run Atlanta's projects.) I just find it interesting that the city has been in a panic about crime since public figures and yuppies have been the victims. That interest isn't because crime victims like Lisa Borders, Caesar Mitchell, and Vernon Forrest are White (they're actually Black) but because they're privileged.
To those petrified by the the media's coverage of crime, I say welcome to Atlanta. You would have crapped yourself back when crime was really up.
I'm still not sure if you all answered the question of why it's so important to cover gangs now. There was some useful information here but I think it got buried in the many mugshots of scary Black men and "ho" talk transcription.
I think the subject of gangs is made more tantalizing for the more panic-prone readers when they're made to seem like some highly organized cadre of ruthless scoundrels, which they may or may not be.
They seem to me just to be poor kids who tried to sell drugs when crack was still attractive. And a new group of poor kids who now steal jeans and rob people. Because they are kids, they're afraid for their lives doing it. That makes them dangerous and people have lost their lives because of it. It shouldn't make them hard to find and arrest (looking at you acting Police Chief and Mayor Reed.)
All told, the city is safe. Yuppies are still safe to gentrify and hopefully when the economy is better, their soon to be displaced neighbors will stop breaking into their cars.
Thinly veiled resentment aside, I can only hope that this piece isn't a first step in the CL and Sunday Paper race to the bottom. Because, let's be honest, who can beat Stephanie Ramage to the bottom?
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