Here’s why their story is in the paper today. We cannot allow such callousness to continue unremarked, from the irrational, senseless teenagers who attacked two people just trying to go home, from the police officer whose conduct may have been typical but certainly seems cold, from the tweeting nitwits who think beating a man in Norfolk will change the death of Trayvon Martin. How can we change it if we don’t know about it? How can we make it better if we look away? Are we really no better than this?Virginian-Pilot columnist Michelle Washington • Writing on the attack of two of her co-workers, reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, on the streets of Norfolk a few weeks ago. A large crowd swarmed around the duo, who were in their car, with Forster getting out after someone threw a rock at the vehicle, which led to the attacks. Both suffered injuries severe enough that they were out of work for a week. But the kicker was a series of tweets about the incident which Forster discovered. “I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light,” a person wrote. “I don’t,” another responded. “(do it for trayvon martin).” The police were unresponsive to concerns about the incident, saying teenagers in nearby public housing commonly look for trouble on the weekends. Read this story — it’s full of small truths and big questions.
obijohnkenobi says: wait. what? i had no idea shortformblog was local! awesome! but sad about elliot.
» SFB says: Well, sorta local. I started the blog there — and went to FG every day for nearly three years — but eventually I high-tailed it up to DC. Though at the time, I wanted to stay in town. There’s a long story about how SFB started. (There’s a photo of me slinging a guitar in FG in that story.) Since you’re local, if you lived in Hampton Roads long enough to remember when the Virginian-Pilot did Link, its closing was kind of the seed that led to the blog. True story. Diana, the girl in the story, is a good friend of mine. — Ernie @ SFB