Atlanta, Georgia – My old college journalism professor, Dr. Knowles, at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) once told the class something along the lines of, “you know you are reporting great news when you invoke action and/or appeal to a market outside of your targeted demographic.”
I want you all to meet, Mr. Jimmy Wiggins, from Woodland, Alabama. On Thursday at 12:21 pm, Mr. Wiggins posted on our Facebook page. Criticizing our coverage of the recent demonstrations across the country and here in Atlanta with the recent incident of the two AUC students.
Wiggins states, “yall are a lot of ignorant ,racist favorite heathens; those 2 college whoops should have been beat; i have served 19 yrs , when the police tells you to do something ,,reasonably within the law, you do it without what those 2 did; they should gotten their asses out and kept their mouths shut/ no/ they thought just because of the rioting they could be bad, defying police and nothing would be done;; thats yalls ignorant views on young heathens, black heathens; exactly what you are when you don’t follow police commands;;; you don’t buck the system just because a lot of other heathens are.”
Then at 12:24 pm Mr. Wiggins sent us a private message:
Mr. Wiggins said, “ya’ll need to get ya asses out there and police all the heathen rioters yur self, when yu hold accountable police for doing their jobs around death and destruction, means do yur own policing if yur gonna not let me do it.”
A.T.L. Webmag is an online editorial that is a division of Art, Trade & Lifestyle Media Group, a nine-year-old independent media group based out of metro Atlanta community of Belvedere Park. Though we are 100% owned and operated by Black Americans, it is our goal to tell the stories of everyone of every community around the world. No matter the race, age, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation and etc. No matter the incident/encounter, we want to be there to help tell your story for the world to learn. But our first priority is to the very community that we were raised in and very proudly call home, the Black community. We may not be able to report EVERY story that we come across, but we will try our best to do so.
Mr. Wiggins resorting to calling these demonstrators “Black heathens,” “heathens” and “whoops (assuming he means “WOP” [Without Papers]) was uncalled for and unwarranted. We report events as they happen and without any bias views.
Responses to these demonstrations such as Mr. Wiggins’s is why we tell these stories as we do. Everyone has a voice that needs to be heard. Not just from mainstream media, but from representation from our very own communities.
Everyone has a story to tell… What’s yours?