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Issue #80

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The Amazing Racism

As Buffalo endures another summer of record high temperatures thanks to global warming, folks back in old Buffalo seem to be snapping. No one really paid too much attention to a gun battle on Burgard Place earlier this summer because, as is so often the case, it involved young black men trying to kill each other and terrorizing an entire community in the process.

Of course there was also the story of a major melee of youths that resulted in the death of one young man in Riverside Park. Cops could not respond in time to prevent it, since forces in that district are apparently stretched too thin.

Then, in the space of one week, a black man was beaten by five whites in the Seneca-Babcock neighborhood, a man went berserk and opened fire on a youth center (amazingly, he was not white), and a group of black teens apparently initiated a knife fight with a group of whites in Lovejoy.

There arenít too many common threads that can be drawn with these events. In general, these types of violent crime seem to escalate in summer months Ė especially in poor neighborhoods. After the second incident with overt racial overtones, Mayor Masiello and Buffalo Police Chief Rocco Diina were quick to make public statements deploring these hate crimes.

When the violence is black on black, itís not news. When itís interracial, it taps into preexisting fears, and itís a flashpoint.

The initial coverage cast the story as the result of old-school racism, but others have contended, especially about the Lovejoy incident, that the Bloods, who have been asserting their authority over certain sections of our concrete jungle for some time now, are encroaching on other areas, and residents are simply fighting to retain control of their own neighborhoods. Perhaps this is the case; we really canít say. Either way, it seems like things are deteriorating rapidly in the areas of Buffalo that donít feature funky little boutiques and cafes.

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