GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy

GHETTOSIDEIn order to solve a problem, you must first unpack it. What is really going on? What are the causes, as opposed to the signs and symptoms? Too often, perhaps, we leap to conclusions without sufficiently exploring the depths of a problem’s causes. And sometimes there are multiple causes, and we weigh some more heavily than others, which in turn affects how we devise solutions.

This may all seem very vague and abstract until you consider, for example, the homicide rate in Los Angeles County. Which, for a whole variety of reasons (emotional, psychological, financial…), is a huge problem.

In GHETTOSIDE, subtitled A True Story of Murder in America, Jill Leovy presents both a case study of what happened when a Los Angeles detective’s son was killed and an exploration of the myriad challenges for citizens and law enforcers in that environment. One cause of the high murder rate is that citizens believe they cannot trust the legal system to protect them, so they take the law into their own hands.

Leovy does not suggest easy answers. But the questions she raises are profound and worth considering.

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One Response to GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy

  1. irishlbi says:


    I owe You a nickel! I’ve been known to pass out spare change to One who uses “Proper” and Above the Sixth Grade Language! Many Americans, by which I mean, specifically: USA Citizens, understand the meaning of many of your choices for discourse!… We live in a FOX News and CNN world; with pretty folks, with Midwestern accents, who do not write Their Own Copy and use simple words and short sentences!

    Cheers to You!


    Ps. I am a “Lazy” SomeBitch… I’ve only “Slightly Tweeked my LinkedIn Profile. Much of me Leans toward keeping in my Biggest Loss: getting Turned Down by Julie H.!…

    The TBI was and Is Inconvenient, Yes; but not Devestating!


    Sent from my iPhone


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