Comment of the Day: Blame Societal Ills, Not MetroLink


Today's comment comes in response to a post about a Post-Dispatch article today that reported how some business owners and patrons in the Loop blame MetroLink for the influx of teenagers causing trouble in the district.

When Riverfront Times reported a similar story three years ago, the Post-Dispatch editorial page called our piece an "irresponsible exposé" that gave "credence to thinly concealed racist sentiments."

That prompted the following response from reader Funk Thompson:
I don't know if "thinly veiled racists sentiments" is the right way to say this; but I do think that "blaming public transportation" is indeed oversimplifying the situation. Crime happens for a reason; race matters less than economic station and upbringing and the culture you belong to. Saying "more black people are in jail than white people" is perhaps true, but it isn't because "black people are more likely to be criminal" - the issue is deeper than that. And with or without public transportation the problem would exist. If you want to stop crime, solve the problems of poverty, fix education, end racism and classism, ensure every child is fed and loved and socialized and... yeah, good luck with all of that. In the meantime, more cops in places where criminals tend to congregate.


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