Monday, October 16, 2006

Should Past Torture Prohibit A Windy City Olympics?

When I think of the Olympics, I think about the combination of hard work, discipline and teamwork that can lead to a gold medal. I don't necessarily think about the ethical culture of the city where the event is held. At least until now. Black People Against Police Torture is challenging Chicago's worthiness for an Olympic bid based on the Burge/police torture scandal. Now, police torture happens in other cities but the cover-ups, hefty pension and the million dollar defense team supplied to cops like Burge the Barbarian haven't been as highly publicized elsewhere. Now one could argue both sides. Pros of having having the olympics here-Chicago is a spacious, relatively clean city with a beautiful skyline and an active sports culture. Why should the city suffer because of the barbaric actions of a few law enforcement officers and those cowards who covered it up? Cons -Meanwhile, 24 black men are rotting away in jail after being tortured to confess. Meanwhile, Burge is living the good life in Florida. Where is the real retribution for this heinous act committed right here on US soil? I don't think the Windy City should be able to breeze past this one..............


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At Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Anonymous TD said...

I definitely think this is an interesting topic. My only question would be, don't the other cities have their own problems? Equally bad?

It seems strange that an event that happened years ago could change the outcome of the Olympics location.

But, I can see your point. To embrace a city, you need to embrace the culture.

At Wednesday, October 18, 2006, Anonymous MG said...

Very well-worded and conveyed argument. My supposition may be a little far-fetched but if the Olympics were held in Chicago, all eyes would be looking at this city.

With everyone watching the city, perhaps police wouldn't be able to get away with such despicable acts of brutality.

At Sunday, October 22, 2006, Blogger Medill Media Watch said...

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At Sunday, October 22, 2006, Blogger ES said...

I respectfully disagree Mg. Racism doesn't stop because the Olympics comes to town.......just like it doesn't stop when a jury watches a black man in Los Angeles get brutalized by white cops on videotape with their own eyes and then finds the cops not guilty. I think it would make prejudice cops and other perpetraitors of racism think twice and hopefully impose some darn shame if they saw people were willing to stand up against them and sacrifice the Olympic bid because of their violent, hate-filled actions.


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