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Posted by Justin Jeffre
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The Beacon’s busted 3CDC’s Enquirer pushing war propaganda and continuously failing to disclose their publisher’s seat on the board of 3CDC when they cover what 3CDC is doing to our community. Now 3CDC’s Enquirer is pushing lies and demonizing the homeless to further their goals for gentrification and colonialism in OTR.
Esme Kenney’s death, for example, was tragic, but it didn’t happen anywhere near OTR—where SCPA is currently located or near the Drop Inn Center (DIC). Kenney’s murderer, Anthony Kirkland, had no connection to the Drop Inn Center. Kenney was murdered in the woods near her home in Winton Hills.
Yet a new article by 3CDC’s Enquirer implies that Kirkland was somehow connected to the Drop Inn:
In March, convicted sex offender Anthony Kirkland was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of the March 7, 2009, murder of 13-year-old Esme Kenney, an SCPA student. Kirkland had been a resident of the Pogue Rehabilitation Center for sex offenders, which is operated by the Volunteers of America on McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine.
Qualls agreed that the school’s proximity to the shelter is a concern.
“You don’t want to paint every homeless person with this brush that they should be viewed as a threat. The majority are not,” she said. “But in this situation, if I were on the board (at the Drop Inn Center) I would be very concerned. It only takes one incident.”
The article might have acknowledged that “Kirkland had been a resident of the Pogue Rehabilitation Center for sex offenders.” But nobody is arguing that sex offenders should have residence near a school. And none of this has a bearing on the Drop Inn Center.
Are we to believe that homeless people are sex offenders? What does Kirkland have to do with this issue? This is just an attempt to scare the public by equating homeless people with sex offending murderers.
Kenney wasn’t murdered by a homeless person. Anthony Kirkland was a registered sex offender and a convicted killer that stayed at a halfway house. Implying that the Kirkland case had anything to do with homelessness is pure propaganda that unfairly demonizes the homeless population.
The Enquirer article also fails to mention that there was a school at the other end of Washington Park for many years, and there apparently were never any incidences of little children being harmed by homeless people. Otherwise, those bullying the Drop Inn Center would have something more concrete to use as an example, rather than using the fear of a guy like Anthony Kirkland.
Being homeless isn’t a crime. But the politicians at City Hall are heavily funded by the CEO’s of 3CDC and they have been criminalizing and demonizing the homeless for a long time. 3CDC’s Enquirer has not only failed to challenge those in power, but they continue to perpetuate their propaganda.
Take another look at Roxanne Qualls’ quote in the article: “You don’t want to paint every homeless person with this brush that they should be viewed as a threat. The majority are not. But in this situation, if I were on the board (at the Drop Inn Center) I would be very concerned. It only takes one incident.”
By advancing these ideas in the media, Qualls is painting with a broad brush, and 3CDC’s Enquirer is helping to paint a very distorted and dishonest picture.
If people like Qualls thought a school’s proximity to the Drop Inn Center were a concern, where was their concern when CPS decided to put a school there many years ago? And why did they fail to voice their concern? Now that the old elementary school has been demolished, and a brand new state-of-the-art facility has been built—only now do we see these ramped up complaints.
A reporter’s job is to question those in power, but 3CDC’s Enquirer fails to ask Qualls if there had ever been any incidents at the elementary school at Washington Park. (If there were, they certainly did not give them the ink they currently dedicate to the specter of fear at the still-not-open SCPA.) Is it because they already know the answer? One can only speculate, but 3CDC’s Enquirer doesn’t have a good enough track record to deserve the benefit of the doubt.
The Enquirer should question those in power instead of pushing their propaganda and disguising it as news. 3CDC has a history of broken promises and zero accountability, but you won’t read about them in their Enquirer.
Has 3CDC found homes for the people they kicked out of the Metropole yet? They didn’t help the 33 residents at 1316 Race St. who were displaced by the owner as a condition of the sale of the building to 3CDC. Those OTR residents got 30 days notice to vacate the building and some of them were forced to spend some time at the Drop Inn Center.
The Drop Inn Center has a legal right to remain where it is and should be respected, not threatened by 3CDC funded politicians at City Hall. City Hall should spend less time shoveling our tax dollars to developers and pushing around the poor and more time dealing with the root causes of poverty. If the politicians are going to give 3CDC our tax dollars there should be real oversight. The Enquirer is certainly no watch dog, it’s a lap dog.
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