So now the Beacon's listening to me…

So now the Beacon's listening to me…

Because they never did when I worked for them.
But after penning the piece, “The Beacon News Hates Hispanics,” in which I took “columnist” Denise Crosby to task for sending the wrong message to Aurora’s east side, the skies parted, the sun came out and a rainbow graced the gray eastern skies.  beacon
Not only did the generally spiteful Ms. Crosby write a column praising an Aurora East sophomore, but she actually applied her limited journalistic skills to the West Aurora School District which has been equally, if not more, problematic that D131.
That district’s community relations director actually threatened columnist Deena Sherman with the assertion that he could have anything she wrote about West Aurora pulled from the paper! How did the title of that famous book go? “How to win friends an influence people!”
Now we know why band teacher Steve Orland managed to get away with sexually abusing female high school students for so long.
Though I’m gratified to be a part of Ms. Crosby’s perhaps temporary renaissance, I couldn’t give a flying bleep about her. I’m happy to see the Beacon-News do the right thing because I want to see them and all newspapers succeed. But that won’t happen until they hold themselves to their own standard, get back to real journalism, and start taking chances.
For you cynical folks, my defense of the Latin-American community has nothing to do with pandering. It’s about doing the right thing. It’s about having the introspective capacity to see how your words affect people. It’s about recognizing that our Latin brothers and sisters – in the face of many challenges – have made great strides.
Like it or not, in 14 short years, Kane County will be predominantly Hispanic and you can either embrace it or futilely cling to a status quo that’s slipping away with every breath.
Personally, as I take a brief survey of just how well white folks have done with this country, I’m looking forward to a change.

2 thoughts on “So now the Beacon's listening to me…

  1. Jeff, though the Steve Orland’s crimes disgust me, I’m not ready to throw D129 under the bus over it. Once you enter the Human Resources zone, what would seem to be common sense doesn’t always apply. A labor agreement only complicates it further. Not only are your options very limited, but the confidentiality rules that govern personnel matters make it nearly impossible to explain your actions (or inactions) to those not directly involved.

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