Quick Links for Nov. 17th

Hey, we have stuff to write about today so let’s Quick Link the shit out of this.

We await the creepy Fitzy feature about transgender sex any day now

For some reason this article was buried deep into the A-section of yesterday’s Record so we felt it deserved prominent placement in today’s Quick Links even though we don’t have much to say about it.

The story of Rosalina Ferreira and her transgender son Alfred Dibble is sadly all too common. It’s especially sad because if Stockton is known for anything positive, it’s that it’s accepting of pretty much everybody. Sure, there are always going to be exceptions to the rule (coughbrookside!cough), but for the most part we’re pretty accepting of anybody (especially if they want to buy one of our many vacant homes).

So it’s sad to see obvious hate crimes like this occur in our town. Sure, we’re used to crimes happening with above average frequency around here, but rarely are there crimes of absolute hate. There can be misdirected gang shootings, drug deals, and the occasional burglary, but when you boil it down those are business motivated. Sure, it’s an illegal business but that’s just how some people get by. We don’t condone it but nobody’s breaking into your house out of hate, they’re doing it because they need money. That doesn’t justify local criminals at all, but need is better than hate.

Like we said last week, right or wrong, Stockton’s going to be associated with crime. Regardless of whether or not a massive prison complex gets forced upon our southernmost border, that’s probably not going to change (at least significantly) any time soon. In the meantime, we can at least work towards a smaller, more attainable goal. Eliminating local hate crimes is no small goal, but raising awareness about an underrepresented group in our community is a baby step in the right direction.

We hate hate, and we love the opportunity to show that with the Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday. Now if only somebody could tell us exactly what’s going on that day.

Hey, speaking of that business-minded crime…

Oh hey look, one of the parks I kinda live near is in the news. And, surprise, it’s been overtaken by crime. Ok, maybe “overtaken” is kind of a strong word. But a 16-year old boy was shot there last month, that’s usually a big deal. So a series of meetings was called. This shouldn’t disappoint.

And sure enough, it didn’t. First of all, a city employee was outside the SUSD main office (where the meeting was held) warning people not to park their cars on the street because they were likely to get broken into. Mind you, this was on Madison Ave (aka Pacific Ave south of Harding) before the time change. Not exactly 8th St after dark.

But hey, the tone has been set, it’s not safe for the for the children anymore. What can we, as a community, do to fix this? We read somewhere (not in the article, on Facebook I think) that someone at the meeting suggested we go the niche route and make changes to the park to better cater to a certain sect of the community. The most hilarious of the suggested aesthetic changes included adding some shrubbery and making it the city’s “gay park”. Missed stereotypes aside (shrubs are gay? My dad’s going to be pissed), if we were to segregate our parks like that we’re almost positive Oak Park would have something to say about that.

But if thinly veiled ignorance isn’t the key, what is? Drug dealers sitting around a park is never good for the kiddies but, as Deputy Police Chief Eric Jones said, the only real reason they’re there in the first place is because nobody else was there. I’ve seen some brazen drug deals in my day, but if there’s one thing most criminals hate, it’s witnesses. If the surrounding community hadn’t been such pussies when whatever unsavory element initially scared them off came around, we wouldn’t be fighting this battle. Instead, the park was abandoned and now we’re trying to discuss the laziest ways to get it back.

There’s only one real solution to this and it’s for the surrounding community to stop being such huge pussies about the whole situation and to actually use the park. For one, that’s the only way Weber Square is getting a facelift like Gleason and Weberstown Park did. Nobody wants to spend city money on a park only drug dealers use. I know it’s going to be tough at first, but that community is going to have to poke its head out of their comfort zone to get anything done.

I’m not suggesting just brazenly letting your kids run over their unattended, but why not have some sort of community barbecue where you show the scurrilous drug dealers who really own that park? It’s not like they’ll come back with chains and pistols to try and recover such a coveted square of land. This isn’t some massive turf war, it’s a couple of dudes sitting around slinging meth (or whatever). They’ll most likely just go find some other place to sit.

But all of this ignores the more pressing issue, Stocktonians being pushed around by the perception of danger. We’re not claiming it’s totally safe out there in Weber Square (or any park for that matter), but that’s because the notion of being totally safe doesn’t exist anymore. Regardless of how many patrol cars make it out there there will always be something that will freak parents out. Whether it be some creepy looking dude with a pedostache or some shady dude in a puffy jacket spending too much time leaning against a tree by himself doing nothing in particular. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there’s always a chance your kid could be the next Aaron Kelly.

That sliver of risk is always going to be there and you can’t be afraid of it. More importantly, you can’t let your children be afraid of it. They should always be conscious of the dangers that are out there, but to say “No, you can’t go play at that park across the street because it’s too dangerous” in the middle of the freaking day is going to make that kid scared of where he lives. And that’s a shame, because nobody wants to raise a scared pussy.

Hey look, at least on Port did some winning this year!

And now that I’m done calling a group of people I’ve never met huge, gaping vaginas, let’s extend some congratulations to former Stockton Port and current Oakland A Andrew Bailey for winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. Billy Beane is already working on a trade that sends him to the Red Sox in exchange for 3 promising middle schoolers and a piece of twine.

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~ by Slick Diaz on November 17, 2009.

3 Responses to “Quick Links for Nov. 17th”

  1. Sounds good to me, tell you what – You bring the volleyball net and I’ll bring the bbq ribs and I’ll meet you at Oak Park around 2 a.m. Better bring our hand cannons just in case though.

  2. My hand cannons always get me in trouble at Oak Park.

  3. Slick, when I first read this I didn’t understand what you meant about finding out the details of the transgender victims’ memorial. But when I returned to work today I discovered that information had been cut from the story’s print edition. That was unfortunate. They were at the story you linked, though.

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