RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Is 'generic' the new 'urban'?

Observers of the language have watched with some amusement how the word 'urban' has become a stand-in, in some places, for 'African American'. Now, it appears, the Lincoln Journal Star has a new formula for suppressing information about crime perpetrators - 'generic description'. Here's a story about a serious, apparently unprovoked assault in downtown Lincoln overnight.
The assailant got out of a black, four-door Honda Accord at 10th and N streets and punched the man shortly after 2 a.m., causing him to fall to the pavement, Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs said. Police offered only a generic description of the attacker. Beggs said no footage showing the attack was available.
An actual news source, as opposed to a news-suppression organization, gives us some insight as to what 'generic' means.
Police say they're looking for a 1997 or newer black four door Honda Accord. There were two black males, one about 6' 1'' and 190 pounds, possibly wearing a blue long sleeved shirt, and two white females, in the car.
It's truly hilarious the LJS feels it can publish the color of the car, but not of the attackers. And this is surely anything but 'generic'. As perp. descriptions go, it's quite detailed.

1 comment:

  1. "Clearly the LJS is still unbelievably racist. Why would they feel they need to identify the colour of the car? Why are they painting all proud black vehicles as criminal vehicles?"

    It's terrible that this is a thought I could see going through the head of some tumblr despot. People are too afraid to even be seen as a racist for fear of the absolutely McCarthian mindset by which liberals home in on it.