Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Power of Clear Perspective

When society hunts down the perpetrator of a string of crimes involving the intentional death of numerous innocent citizens... we refer to those people as serial killers. Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, etc. When crimes of the same vicious nature occur urban neighborhoods populated predominantly by citizens lacking economic resources... we call the perpetrator a gang lord or a gang-banger or some other title of relative honor. What would change in how we pursue these criminals, in the nature of our effort, in the awareness of and participation by the community, and the ultimate success of those efforts, if we could take a clear-headed view of these killers and called them what they were? A gang leader, and a gang-banger... they are both psychopaths and serial killers. Same holds for a mafia type, despite the glamorization of such personalities in programming on HBO (Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire).

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