Can Some Solutions Hurt Us? Reporting on Violence

Mired in our struggle with violence, we need to figure out whether the solutions offered by public officials really work. This is something we – the news media- can do  and lately WBEZ has been doing an incredibly good job. Here, for example, is one program that raises questions about mandatory minimum sentences. Are they […]

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Overcoming the Violence Jitters

Nobody needs to tell us that violence has given us the jitters. Really bad jitters. But we seem likely to be mixing the numbers and losing focus as well. What do I mean? We seem to be counting acts of violence when they are not violent. And we seem to be applying broad labels about […]

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Please Don’t Shoot. They are Wearing Orange.

We paint the pictures that stick in peoples’ mind. So when we talk only about the horror of youth violence, we leave an indelible message. And the message says do something. But when we mix images, talking about a gang of kids downtown with lives lost and threatened, our image-making leaps beyond reality, and accountability. […]

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