On September 24, I wrote a submit: “If a Girl Dies in the Forest, Does Anyone Other than Me Care? Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon, MS-13, and the odd lack of coverage — and outrage”. It detailed the brutal killing of a 16-year-old, allegedly by MS-13 “affiliates” who have been in jail charged with one other savage assault (on a 17-year-old male) when the grand jury handed down indictments in her killing. That story prompted responses from members of the neighborhood who — like me — couldn’t perceive why the case didn’t obtain extra consideration. I promised to “not let up”, and I’m maintaining that promise.
On Thursday, the Center let go my video on the case. If you care about Gabriela Ardon (or some other alleged MS-13 victims), or the hazards the gang poses to communities far and huge, please watch it.
The responses that I obtained have been from people who doubtless haven’t beforehand bookmarked the Center’s webpage. They discovered my tales on the case by Googling Ardon’s identify. One was from the one that erected the makeshift memorial on the path, one other was from somebody (who went to nice lengths to cover his/her identification), with their very own theories on the matter, together with some essential info I didn’t know. I’ll respect the privateness of all and never present some other particulars.
I’ll quote, nonetheless, from that nameless correspondent:
This crime was barely lined in native information, fell away immediately, and no follow-up tales have come out. Given that nothing like this explicit crime (a totally over-the-top violent gang homicide) has ever occurred right here (on this basic neighborhood), one would suppose the story would have gotten huge protection, if solely to alert the native number living to watch out. Nope! In truth my instant neighbors hadn’t even heard of the homicide and have been shocked once I informed them about it. They missed the three minute splash it made within the information.
That individual suspects that the explanation for that blackout is as a result of native leaders — in league with the hometown paper — wish to downplay the extent to which violent crime results all Baltimore communities — notably the (extraordinarily) upscale ones, like what place Gabriela Ardon was killed. There is probably going lots to that — however it’s a dereliction of responsibility on their half to take action.
I belief the individuals to do the proper factor, however they are going to solely try this once they have the entire info. If the press intentionally hides these info (a running theme within the run-up to the 2020 election), they’re, in essence, infantilizing their readers and listeners, and stating that they can not belief them with the reality.
I personally imagine that the hazards MS-13 poses (and they’re critically unhealthy individuals, whose savage assaults promote crime and insecurity in communities within the United States and overseas, as i’ve recently explained) are downplayed within the media for 2 causes, each illegitimate.
One, President Trump has targeted extensively on the gang, and any reporting on its heinous actions would give exchangeable goods to his statements. Such reporting would (1) help the conclusions of a president to which much of the media is overtly hostile; and (2) recommend that the reporter is something aside from an anti-Trumper (and subsequently submit him- or herself to ejection from that largely soi disant “socially aware” occupation).
Such actions could be a repudiation of what have been as soon as journalistic norms, however extra importantly, that dichotomy is fake. You might be in opposition to Trump whereas on the similar time being in opposition to women being sex trafficked and degraded, and other people being beaten with baseball bats or hacked to death by machetes (to not point out beheaded and having their hearts minimize out).
Two, the media is worried that reporting on MS-13 crime (or any alien criminals, for that matter) would point out that they’re “anti-immigrant”. Again, that may be a false dichotomy.
In truth, it’s inherently inconsistent, given the truth that (1) most alien criminals prey on immigrant communities; and (2) MS-13 largely limits its actions to those communities. In truth, it’s a part of the gang’s enterprise mannequin, as ICE has defined:
MS-13 preys upon Central American immigrant communities by extorting small companies, peddling avenue stage narcotics to these with substance abuse points, aggressively recruiting the youngest and most susceptible neighborhood members into the gang, and by inciting violence from rival gang members.
Simply put, you might be “pro-immigrant” and “anti-alien criminal”. I’m, and so is every one of my colleagues at the Center.
A cynic might contend that the press doesn’t concentrate on MS-13 criminality precisely as a result of it falls on these immigrant communities (who might not be large shoppers of their product), and never on the general public as an entire. I hope that isn’t the case, however once more, observe that Gabriela Ardon’s physique was present in an upscale neighborhood — in line with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation website, homes there run $500,000 and up.
She might have been discovered in that neighborhood, however there isn’t any motive to imagine that Ardon — who had gone lacking from her residence on Long Island, N.Y., 3 times — was from that neighborhood. As the nameless e-mail suggests, nobody there appeared to know her (and plenty of weren’t even conscious of her homicide).
But, as my nameless correspondent famous: “It’s obvious to all of us who have lived here for years that crime is spilling out of the city into the suburbs.” The “not in my backyard” crowd might need to finally take discover when the gang exhibits up in their background — as actually occurred right here.
Not that it issues. MS-13 (each on this nation and overseas) depends on funding, and is — as I famous in an earlier post — “essentially a large foreign criminal pyramid scheme with illicit franchisees”. Eventually, they must increase their operations into communities throughout the United States — not simply immigrant ones. But, even when they do not, who cares? Any loss of life is a tragedy, and each homicide is an outrage — particularly when the sufferer is a 16-year-old lady.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant”, to cite Dr. Seuss. i’m not letting up. Neither ought to anybody who does a Google seek for a narrative the press has ignored and finds this submit.