the difficulties of being white in Philadelphia. It is full of bigotry and ignorance and it is overall a really poor attempt at journalism (even Philly mag staffers can't defend the piece).
Let's move beyond that. Let's focus on the bigger question here: should journalists present major topics for discussion, and if so, how?
The reality is that the story thrusts race and racism into the spotlight. Is that a good or bad thing?
Are they ultimately doing a good thing by forcing the discussion, or is this a dangerous and divisive act that could have greater ramifications (beyond people dropping their Philly mag subscriptions)?
There is not one incident that is the catalyst to tell their story. Rather, they say that race and racism is an underlying issue that exists in Philadelphia as it has for half a century.
What positives can come out of this, if any?
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