Riverwest: home to an angry mob, or just some “rowdy” kids?
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• Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane was on vacation during the July 3 mob attack in Riverwest, but that didn’t stop him from weighing in on the troubling subject upon his return. So what did Kane have to say? Not much, though he did scold the “rowdy” kids that, you know, looted a gas station and beat the shit out of a bunch of strangers. What a bunch of knuckleheads!
We’re big fans of Kane, but his late-to-the-party piece on the Riverwest dustup was just plain lazy and self-aggrandizing. (Most of the column deals with the nasty comments and emails he received in the wake of the incident.) Not that he has to answer for the actions of a violent mob, of course, but if you’re going to throw in your two cents, shouldn’t you have something useful to say? To his credit, Kane followed it up with a “Positively Milwaukee”-type piece about the owner of the ransacked BP station.
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