Monday, February 4, 2008

Not in My Park

Louisville has seen its fair share of violent crimes against children. Not surprisingly one of ideas to combat the problem in "Possibility City" has been a memorial spearheaded by the ubiquitous grim reaper, Christopher 2X.

Well that children's memorial and its planned location, Wyandotte Park, have hit a few bumps in the road. Namely another community activist leaping before he looks and upsetting a neighborhood that doesn't want to be stigmatized as the cities hotel for child murderers.

Read more here

I’m sure every city has a local activist like Christopher 2X, who hops from tragedy to tragedy under the guise of "healer" or "community activist". or "hood prophet". They are not true community organizers who substantively combat issues by mobilizing constituents from the grassroots up. Instead they’re TV personalities who find an occupation in the web of death. Give him credit, he created a legal job for himself. We can employ many descriptions for this position: misery pimp, ghetto grim reaper, or undertaker-activist.

You pick.

One would think, however, that eventually this shameless ambulance chasing that leads us nowhere would stop. Or at least shrugged off for something more substantive. I guess sooner or later someone: a journalist worth their notepad, a real community organizer, or the general public, will question the productivity of this sort of activism. Until then...

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