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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why stereotypes continue to exist

Posted on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I'm so sick of this bullshit where Halifax's lower income areas—such as the north end—continue to be vilified whereas the south end (AKA wealthier area) is consistently portrayed as the land of rainbows and butterflies. Case in point: I was on the CBC website this morning checking out the NS news. The headlines: "Halifax sleepwatching trial focuses on identity" vs "Man stabbed at Gottingen St. apartment" I'd hazard a guess that journalists realize that the first headline is in fact about a long series of high-profile, creepy and disturbing incidents that have taken place in the land of sunshine (AKA south end) over the past 7 YEARS (at least). Whereas the latter, although also horrific, is a one-off incident that sounds very much like a domestic dispute gone bad...but it happened in a place on Gottingen Street, so we absolutely NEED to mention that. If we didn't, by golly, people wouldn't know that they need to stay away from the area! I could give countless other examples (ie media always specifying "Spryfield" or "Dartmouth" or wherever but when shit happens in Waverley or Bedford, it's simply called "Halifax") but I think you get the point. —Living in the Land of Drugs, Guns and Junkies, Apparently

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