We met last evening at Jack T’s house to discuss the April book ‘Ghettoside: The True Story of Murder in America’ by Jill Leovy. Jack and Barbara served Pulled Pork sliders, coleslaw, and baked french fry’s. It was great!
While several members were out ( 7 present ) we had a great discussion of the the book and the problems elicited in the book. Most of us liked the book but were somewhat put off by the many characters and her writing style. It was pretty evident to all that this was her first book and she was trying to figure out the best way to tell the story and couldn’t settle on a consistent way to get her point across.
But, the best part of our discussion really centered on the problem of black on black crime and why it is such a problem and what the potential solutions are to the problem. I think we all agreed that there is no single solution and it must come from many directions for a realistic, viable solution to be effective. Money, more policing, a change in cultural values all have to come together to make a long term impact on this problem.
Damian pointed out, and I would certainly agree, that we would like to see a companion book from the author that now discusses the solutions to these issues from the social and political spectrum.