Do you agree with former News 12 NJ reporter Sean Bergin? [Poll/Video]
Speaking in the forum he did about young black men growing up without fathers cost News 12 reporter Sean Bergin his job.
Some will say it was the content of his commentary.
Fact is – it wasn’t the content; but that he chose to insert his viewpoint into a report of the assassination of Police Officer Melvin Santiago – who incidentally was accorded Jersey City’s highest honor – that of having been made Sergeant.
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Disciplinary actions by the TV station aside, I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment that young black men growing up in the inner city without fathers or a stable family structure will contribute to the kind of animosity toward authority figures like police officers.
And that contributes to the cycle of violence reporters like Bergin see on a fairly frequent basis.
the “anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.” He went on to say that the “sick, perverse line of thinking” is seen everywhere from “Jersey City, to Newark and Patterson to Trenton.”
“It has made the police officer’s job impossible and it has got to stop,” he added. “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”
But besides the demotion by the TV station and his subsequent refusal to accept their “offer”, there are those that have taken him to task for what they feel are inaccuracies in his comments –
specifically the President of The National Association of Black Journalists, Bob Butler, who challenged Bergin’s connection between young black men growing up without fathers and anti-police sentiments.
‘Are there problems in the inner city with kids without fathers? Yes. But does that make kids violent? No,’ Butler said. ‘There are a lot of kids without fathers who go to college, graduate and become upstanding citizens.
‘He’s talking about a social phenomenon where there’s lack of opportunity in communities.’
To be sure, there are a good number of men who’ve grown up without fathers having gone on to a better life.
But to gloss over the overwhelming problem plaguing our inner cities is just more political correctness gone amock.
Sentiments expressed last night by Dr. Ben Carson with Megyn Kelly on her Fox program saying, in effect, that Bergin did not say anything that President Obama hasn’t said himself; and that without addressing these issues for fear of not being politically correct will never correct anything.
So while we can agree (I think) that Bergin chose the wrong forum to express his sentiments; would you agree with what he had to say about young black men in Jersey City and other inner cities?