On “Killing a 12-Year-Old” and Harper WoodsWednesday, October 13, 2010
This story has got people in a tizzy just hours after I posted it, so it must be good. Lew Rockwell wants to run it on LewRockwell.com – so tomorrow a modified version will run.
People from Harper Woods are gathering to drop comments on my blog. Go ahead, I say, but one commenter blew it and called me an “outsider.” This is from a Harper Woods resident who probably doesn’t do much more than live in her home, attend crime watch/community meetings, and go shopping.
I’m not an outsider. I was born here. I grew up here. I still live here. (I even added that to my blog lest folks presume I’m an “outsider.”) I work here. I observe here. I adventure here. I crawl into the bowels of this city and metro area like few other people do.
People who know what I am about know the kind of stuff I do. I have biked all over every inch of this area, including the city (Detroit), alone, as the sun sets at night. I am an adventure/urban cyclist, not a lycra-clad racing-only weenie (though I used to be a bit of that). I am an avid photographer (here’s my photography page, in process). I am a constant observer, and I take photos and observe wherever I go, which is why I write about these things – topics that other people won’t touch.
I can’t image how this article will get zipped around from neighbor to neighbor in Harper Woods, as people can’t stand to have the bad people from within and outside of their community criticized for destroying it. Really? Why?
On another note, see Billy Beck’s link back to my story and his comments. I can only imagine how many people – especially Oprahized females – would go apeshit over such comments. So brazen, so harsh, so churlish, they will say. I see absolutely nothing in these remarks that make me bat an eyelash. Some “kids” kill nowadays, and some of us don’t believe in making age distinctions with a madman who is lording a gun over us. Reality sucks sometimes, doesn’t it?
UPDATE: Correction: the blog-turned-article will appear on LewRockwell.com on the weekend edition (October 16-17), and is drastically changed (added to) and longer than the original blog post.