The Times Colonist eulogized a drug dealer on 01/21/2015. In doing so it silently united drugs and youth. Drugs and youth do not belong together, so, why does Times Colonist eulogize drug dealers?
Think of the message sent to our youth. The article was about a drug dealer who died because he got stabbed during a drug deal gone bad. But the headline in the Times Colonist made it sound as though the guy got stabbed in a “tragic” accident. The article then went on to eulogize the guy and all he was supposedly doing to turn his life around. If he was turning his life around, he would not have been killed doing a drug deal.
Drug dealers sell death and sometimes reap what they sow.
I feel badly that the guy lost his life, but he knew the risks he was assuming when he chose to deal drugs. He knew the elements who surround drugs, especially in Langford. After all, it is not as though he was depositing his work cheque at the bank and a robber came in and stabbed him for his money. Nor did lightening strike him walking down a rainy street with his umbrella. Dope deals are dangerous and he elected to face those dangers for the high profits.
The Times Colonist even made excuses for the guy dealing drugs.
The article even went so far as to blame the fact that he was a dealer on the fact that he had been laid off from his job. What is the message here? The Times Colonist is putting drugs and youth together again by sending the wrong message to our youth.
It is saying it is okay to sling dope if you hit some bad times. How does getting laid off work make it right to poison people and destroy families? What do you think would happen if every person laid off work felt it was okay to commit a crime?
Is there any other way to interpret the article?
How else can you interpret an article that posts a warm family picture of the dealer with his wife? How else can you interpret an article that offers the opinions of the family as to the victim’s character? How else can you interpret an article that quotes the good things which the family had to say about him? How else can you interpret an article that mentions in only one sentence the fact that the victim was dealing dope? How else can you interpret an article that makes excuses as to why he was doing so?
Drugs destroy lives. If the Times Colonist wishes to editorialize its