[MarignyBywater] Edited Crime Reports

Jack Saucier saucierjack at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 28 14:26:14 EDT 2007


Could someone please post or send  directly to me the link to Thom who writes the New Orleans Crime Reports.  I prefer not to have my report edited.  Thanks.

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From: Marigny Info <info at marigny.org>
To: marignybywater at marigny.org
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:58:50 -0500
Subject: [MarignyBywater] A note from the moderator re recent discussion on
the list

Given the tone of some of the recent posts to this message board - 
and word I have received about the tone of emails made to several 
list members off-list, for the first time since running this list I 
feel it necessary to comment publicly as the list moderator.

We are all concerned about the crime problem in New Orleans and many 
of our lives have been personally impacted by crime.

There are obviously a wide range of opinions as to the roots of the 
problem, how the community should be notified about crimes, and what 
possible solutions are. These are issues that need to be addressed 
and discussed as a community, for it is only by working together as a 
community that we stand any chance of making our city a safer place.

However, we must not fail to remember in these discussions that are 
city is a diverse city in many ways - race being one of them, and, in 
my opinion, that is one of the things that makes New Orleans a 
special place. And so while it is an undeniable reality that the 
majority of crimes committed here are committed by young, African- 
American males, we do the rest of the hard working, law-abiding 
African American community - and ourselves - a great disservice by 
allowing our discussions to devolve into ones with racist overtones.

Yes, this is a difficult problem and a difficult discussion, and I 
certainly do not have the answers myself or know exactly how we 
should deal with informing the community of crimes and give people 
enough pertinent information without the appearance of resorting to 
implied racism. However, having read more thoroughly through some of 
the posts from the NO Crime Line (and I apologize for having been 
remiss in mostly having skimmed them in the past), I have to agree 
with some on this list that certain commentary has been included in 
their emails that is unnecessary and comes across as racist. I am not 
sure how I will deal with their email yet in the future - I may edit 
out the unnecessary and unhelpful commentaries before forwarding the 
emails, or I may suggest that anyone interested in continuing to 
receive their emails sign up to receive them personally.

However, the NO Crime Line reports aside, I am quite disturbed by the 
tone some posters on this list are taking with each other. Some of us 
know each other personally, but most do not know the people they are 
responding to. It is one thing to have a healthy discussion, it is 
another thing to make hateful statements and/or accusing someone 
whose personal and/or public life and actions you know nothing about 
as to what they may or may not be doing for their community. I would 
like to remind people of the TOS of the list (which can be found in 
full at http://www.maringy.org):

"You agree not to use any obscene, indecent, or offensive language. 
Also, any material that is defamatory, abusive, harassing, or hateful 
will not be tolerated."

I have tried to keep myself largely out of the picture as moderator 
as I am a firm believer in free speech and mainly regard my role as 
that of keeping spam and obviously inappropriate messages off the 
list. However, I am not going to allow this list turn into a battle 
of name-calling and accusations. If people can manage to maintain 
healthy, positive discussions about these difficult issues, than 
posts will be accepted. I know some of you will disagree with me on 
this and will let me know, but when it comes down to it, it is my 
decision as to what is appropriate and what is not and my main 
priority is making sure this list continues to be a positive and 
helpful feature for our neighborhoods.

Now, let's all take a deep breath and remember that we are all in 
this together and we all to work together to fix our largely broken 
city.

Peace.







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