UPDATE at the bottom of this post! Now for the original post -
When I glanced at the below headline, I saw Castro and assumed it was something about Cuba. I then scanned the article and saw it was not. But in the seconds it took me to do that, I read the first paragraph - and then got down to update on the present the situation. First, the story's opening:
Outrage builds over attacks in Castro community
By John M. Glionna
Times Staff Writer
5:55 PM PDT, July 22, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Welsh chokes up as he describes his rape last fall and the word his two assailants kept repeating.
"They kept saying 'faggot' over and over again," whispers the 51-year-old owner of a video store in the Castro district. "It went on for what seemed like forever."
Welsh came forward about the attack to publicize sexual assaults against gay men in the Castro — which he says police have downplayed.
The article continues to say that two white men were raped by black men in 2006. Later, it details what happened this year, which is already now half-over:
So far this year, only two people have reported being sexually attacked in the Castro and none of the suspects appeared to be African American, police say.
OK - exactly two rapes all this year Castro - and zero of them by black men. And for this - there is 'growing outrage' about black rape in the Castro?"
Now I do not know much about San Francisco and even less about the gay community - much less the San Francisco gay community. But I have a hard time believing this is biggest story facing that community - much less that this is a front page worthy story in Los Angeles.
Particularly since the only outrage the article even seems to find is not about the rapes - as the headline says, but about the response to supposed over-response to the non-existent rapes.
So while there may be some kind of story in this article - some people being upset about other people being upset about nothing - it seems to have little to do with the headline.
UPDATE -- On today's website there is a new headline that actually describes what is in the story! Will wonders never cease...
Assault heightens tensions in S.F.
The rape of a man in the Castro district spotlights racial divisions in the area's gay community.
By John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
July 23, 2007
Yes, what the story is really about is how a single rape last year spotlighted pre-existing racial divisions in the Castro gay community.