by YES! Weekly staff

We Get It

Another mixed week for Greensboro should weigh on the positive side of the scale with the announcement that the Charlotte Hornets selected the Gate City as the home of their new developmental league franchise.

It’s a good sign for the city that it beat out hipster-crazed Asheville in the eyes of Hornets officials, including majority owner Michael Jordan, who said “Placing the team in Greensboro also allows us to expand the Hornets’ brand to another city in our region that has a great basketball tradition.”

The team offices will be located at the Coliseum Complex and it should be a boon to the sports-tourism industry.

It was a much more positive announcement than the wailing and gnashing of teeth that followed the New York Times front-page article that examined police traffic stops in Greensboro. The article used statistics to paint a picture of racial profiling among the department, which for decades has sought to move beyond its “hot bed of racism” reputation that stems from events in 1969 and 1979, and more recently the David Wrayera, which we all had hoped were things of the past.

By recycling tales of police interactions gone bad, and using statistics in a contextual vacuum, the NYT story hit every target spoon fed to it by the local activists who’ve been pushing for an independent citizens police review board. Any reporter who’s covered the city for more than six months could recognize each of the story lines.

It was a compelling story, albeit old hat to people in the know, but the question remains as to how accurate a picture the piece painted of the GPD.

The city of Civil Rights seems committed to having a first-rate police department. It’s too bad that too often the professional activist class in Greensboro can’t find another ing bag. punch- !

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