I don’t have the flexibility to go to each follow or sport in Northwest Indiana. As a lot as I wish to, it’s simply not practical. However once I do have these alternatives or if there’s any method for me to get there, I take that likelihood each time.
Exhibiting as much as look folks within the eyes, shake their arms (in fact earlier than the coronavirus pandemic) and proving to them that they’re price my time is the essence of journalism. And on a deeper degree, it at all times feels a bit completely different once I do it for the student-athletes that seem like me.
As one of many few black journalists within the Area, I attempt to ensure that the youngsters in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond (amongst different predominantly black cities and neighborhoods) are seen, heard and felt. I work within the information, so I do know firsthand what number of articles are written in regards to the unlucky conditions that go on there. I’ve learn the adverse Fb feedback by people who’ve by no means stepped foot in these environments, but really feel entitled to make judgments from afar.
It’s sickening. It’s disheartening. And it’s tiresome.
So, every time I’m in these communities, you’d higher imagine I’m telling each final a kind of youngsters — whether or not I’m writing a narrative about them or not — that they’re VALUED and that they’re LOVED.
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