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Does this kid deserve a sympathetic NY Times profile?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Aug 24, 2013.

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  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    He was surrounded by family and friends who tried to protect him, yet in the end he chose or was lured into the wrong crowd.

    Just another 14-year-old who "fell in with the wrong crowd," and fired a gun at the cops.

    Why does he get a sympathetic profile? Does he deserve it?


     
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    I'll have to read the whole thing, but is it that sympathetic? They quote the defense lawyer, and that's not exactly an unbiased source. Sounds a bit like the controversial RS good kid-gone-bad angle. None of these guys start off like this. They were all soneone's toddler once. It's interesting to see what happened.
     
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Nope.
     
  4. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    I haven't read the link, but that excerpt reads "How did things come to this," not sympathetic.
     
  5. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Doesn't read as sympathetic to me.
     
  6. Here me roar

    Here me roar Guest

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Not sympathetic. You read a lot YF. Do you understand ANY of it? Seems not.
     
  7. Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Questioning ≠ sympathy.
     
  8. JR

    JR Active Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    The title of this thread is embarrassing

    I have no idea how YF could defend using the adjective sympathetic for this story
     
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Sad that Starman is my one ally on this.

    What is it?

    At best, it's a sad tale. There's no morality.

    Maybe he chose the wrong crowd. Maybe he was just lured into it.

    No questioning the community values. Though, he's a victim of the community, we never find out why the community is so fucked up.

    Did any national outlet lament George Zimmerman's situation? He was an aggressor. A stalker. A "cop wann-a-be."

    This kid had already been charged with attempted murder. He's out at 3:00 AM firing a weapon, but he's a victim of circumstance.

    Bot, boy did he dress well, and have a sense of fashion!

    No. It's not sympathetic at all.
     
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    He drifted toward a group of older teenagers associated with the MacBallers, a group affiliated with the Bloods gang who toted guns and fought with rival groups.

    Could they find a more passive verb?
     
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    But shortly before his death, Shaaliver had confided to a close friend that he wanted to go to college and to get serious about boxing, because that could lead to a career and a future. “He wanted to get out of the projects,” said the friend, Aileen Nunez, 19. “He wanted to move on with his life.”

    He just needed a little time. He was going to get away from the gangs, and turn his life around.
     
  12. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: Does this kid deserve a smpathetic NY Times profile?

    Was showing his photo enough or did the story needs to specifically mention his skin color?
     
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