I am wondering about your response to the person who asked you why there was no reporting on the police shooting of Jerry Williams [“Where Is Justice4Jerry Coverage?” July 20, Xpress]. You stated that the Mountain Xpress did not normally write about crime issues. Wow, a newspaper that does not report about crime!
I believe you are mistaken if you think that all the citizens of Asheville want to know about is the latest new brewery or restaurant. We are so much better than that.
And I am wondering, if it had been, say, a white tourist whose arm had been blown off by the Asheville police, would you have reported that? I’m guessing that you would have.
Asheville has too much of a legacy of racism. Please Mountain Xpress, help this mostly white community face up to the neglect of our oppressed neighbors. It is the only way that we can begin reparations.
— Betsy Kendrick
Editor’s note: The adage, “If it bleeds, it leads” may apply to some media outlets’ approach to the news. However, Xpress’ news team focuses on the broader issues we face as a community. We are covering the community response to the July 2 shooting death of Jerry Williams by Asheville Police Department Sgt. Tyler Radford. You can read some of our coverage here. In addition, this week’s issue includes a commentary by Xpress reporter Dan Hesse about his experience covering the recent Justice4Jerry protest at the Asheville Police Department. A person’s race or whether that person lives here or is a tourist makes no difference in how we cover the community’s response to such an event. We will always strive to cover important local movements and activism. We are currently working on other stories that relate to these events and the ripple effects they are having on the community. Our goal is to offer evenhanded, well-researched stories that promote civic dialogue and help us grow as a community.