BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Outrage is flaring up in the wake of the City Grill massacre.Angry readers are feeding a controversial Buffalo News article tothe fire.
As police work to find those responsible for the crime, thingsare heating up on another front. In fact, you might say burning.One-by-one, copies of the Buffalo News were placed on a fire andburned.
Community activist Darnell Jackson said, "We think that it'sdisrespectful, and we're not going to tolerate this kind of artcileanymore."
Jackson and others are protesting an article from the BuffaloNews that ran on Sunday.
Bishop Perry Davis of the Stop the Violence Foundation said,"Two wrongs are not going to make it right. That crime was wrong,and this newspaper's wrong."
According to the report, seven of the eight people shot outsideCity Grill over a week ago had a criminal past.
"What do me being convicted of a crime or arrested for a crimehave to be doing with me getting murdered?" questioned Jackson.
Calling the article racist, Jackson is urging people to stopbuying the paper, and is demanding that those responsible for thearticle be fired.
Jackson argued, "They don't put everybody else's past in thepaper. Why everytime a black person or a black male or somebodygetting murdered, their past have to come in the paper?"
Annemarie Franczyk, Professor of Journalism at Buffalo StateCollege said, "I think the Buffalo News not only had a right to doit, but they have a responsibility to the public to do it."
Franczyk says every bit of information is important to thecommunity's understanding of what went on.
"I don't think that the news, and their editorial decisionmaking, decided that they were going to come down on this casebecause of the race of the people involved. I truly don't believethat," stated Franczyk.
Meanwhile, Bishop Davis was at Monday's paper burning protest.He called the article disrespectful to the entire community.
"In certain instances, they put our kids in the paper rightafter something happens like they deserved it or something. That'swhat I'm standing against. They put it in the paper like theydeserve whatever happened to them," said Bishop Davis.
The Buffalo News released the following statement regardingthe article:
While The Buffalo News has the deepest sympathy andcompassion for the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as fortheir family and friends, we feel that the information in theSunday story is an important piece of the puzzle as our communitytries to understand and explore why it happened.
If we are to solve the problem of violence in our city, we mustbe brave enough as a community to fully explore every aspect ofit.
Margaret Sullivan, Editor and Vice President
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