Readers respond to "Girl Gangs"

Dang. City Pages steps up its game on this one. Incredible reporting and writing.

Isaac

Totally compelling, Emily. Awesome job.

Marnie

This was super good. Probably really hard to write, too. Very important to write, though.

Liz

Ridiculous story. So now we have just one big gang of girls that fights for no reason, can't speak the language properly, and parties hours after giving birth to premature babies. At least they all like balloons. How fun for them. It is just too bad they couldn't finish each other off so law-abiding citizens' resources don't have to be diverted to these scum.

Sane?

Sane: Did you read the article? There was a big gang of girls who fought for no reason, and they have decided to end that now. And your blatantly racist overtones don't really help anyone to want to read anything you say. If you aren't interested in the story, why did you read the whole thing and then spend a few more minutes posting about it?

Smarter than Sane?

"Alisha Neeley's death leads to girl gang truce." We'd rather that it led to arrests, convictions, and life without parole.

Heather and Mark Tarnowski

This is an important article. As citizens we must acknowledge what goes on in our streets. It's unfortunate that people have to die in order for others to change, but that is sacrifice. All great communities and societies have made sacrifices, which has led them to where they are. I commend these women for taking a stand and changing what they didn't like about their situation. Believe it or not, these women are the very near future leaders of our community, so we as a community must continue to reach out to guide and mentor these leaders.

Lakesha

When I call the police about minors out violating curfew, I sometimes feel like the police dispatchers are not excited to take my call. And then the minors are out partying, and gunshots ring out. We need much tougher enforcement of the curfew laws and more citizens calling in minors running the streets after dark.

John Hoff

Smarter than Sane: Regarding your accusations of racism, nowhere did Sane mention race, you did. So your assumption that Sane is referring to any particular race is actually racist: See, you developed a picture based on what race you must think fights for no reason, can't speak proper grammar, and parties after giving premature birth. You are more racist. And your shaming of Sane, who is actually calling out bad behavior and not calling out racial characteristics, actually only enables people to get away with bad behavior because they know some ultra liberal will be there to protect them from those big meanies by shaming them with the race card. Bad behavior should be called out at each and every chance as a deterrent. Our society has gotten way too politically correct, and that is part of the problem. Sane and others, keep calling out bad behavior and don't be shamed; behavior is not a protected class like race or religion.

Megan

Megan: There are pictures in the article, you dolt.

mnjoe

I am the youth worker in this article. I am very offended by what some of you have commented. The issues included in this story are so deeply rooted in the foundation of what our country was built on, and that's war, poverty, and racism. Until you live your everyday lives with these issues directly affecting your livelihood you will never understand where these "kids" come from, so don't try and don't comment unless it is with good intentions on learning more about what you do not understand. Thank you.

Sarah

This is an important story. My daughter is a beautiful black teenager, and I can't imagine her existing in these circumstances. Many of us raising teenagers understand the value of strong parenting and in providing high expectations of our kids. These kids seem to be offered no direction (or the wrong direction) at home, so they go out looking for their family in each other and on the streets. While the expectation in our neighborhood is that teenagers will work hard to get good grades so they can attend the best four-year colleges, these kids aren't provided with the tools and expectations to get them there. Nothing would be worse than the feeling of hopelessness. I applaud the youth worker making an effort to show these kids healthy alternatives. If we upper-middle class, suburban parents could look at the world around us, we'd see that the community is more than just what our neighborhood experiences. These kids are trying not to give up hope on their future. It's not about "political correctness" or "race protecting" or "calling out bad behavior." It's about providing a positive alternative to these kids so they have the same chance as our pampered, suburban, upper-middle class kids to live happy, productive lives.

Pam

 
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