Is it strange to anyone else that virtually none of the reporting on rising violence in US cities is making links to the economic catastrophe — job losses, evictions — that poor Black communities are enduring because of Covid? 1 of biggest rises is in DV. Yet citing gangs/guns.
There’s a lot of speculating on the impact of the protests even though the so-called Ferguson effect has been debunked. Yet no one thinks that rising tensions and instability from economic desperation could be driving spikes in violence?It’s...odd.
The truth is, there will always be money for police and this framing shows that. It’s easy to frame this as a police issue instead of calling on officials to extend eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits. But journalists need to be doing our jobs.
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