A Houstonian? What a novel headline…

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  1. But I have to tell you, that headline was like a breath of fresh air.

    I suspect the Katrician community would agree with you. 🙂
    Seriously, in this instance the ‘point of origin’ of the perp was totally relevant to the story (it provided context), as was the POI of the various factions in the drug war (for the same reason.)

  2. I know you don’t believe it, but the demographic information of criminals is important and newsworthy. If this social group or that doesn’t want to be spotlighted, wouldn’t it be more productive for them to stop committing crimes rather than complain that the facts are being reported?

  3. I don’t think the criminal elements of a demographic group care about spotlighting nearly so much as those who are part of the same group but are not criminals.
    The more I think about this headline, the more it seems strange. We’ve seen lots of statistics about the impact of the evacuees on crime, which say “x murders in Houston, and evacuees were involved in x of those, as either victims or perpetrators”
    The striking nature of this headline might almost lead one to assume that this was the first time a Houstonian was the perpetrator, though. Why else would it have stood out?
    …. which takes me right back to where we were in the other dialogue, marc. If you’re going to report on one group, you should report them all or it radically skews the perspective. I think it’s particularly true for crime and the Katrina evacuees, given the furor the subject has raised all over the city, in all communities.

  4. Polimom – as I mentioned above, the point of origin in the headline was relevant. This is especially true given the recent rash of publicity surrounding crimes committed by so-called “Katricians” against the “native” population (which I find ironic, given that “Native Houstonian” is almost an oxymoron.)
    I am in agreement with you on your response to marc, though – the ones who are complaining about ‘spotlighting’ are not the ones who are committing the crimes. This is just as true of other groups within the community (e.g. Muslims, African-Americans, Hispanics, etc.)

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