By Michael Moss for New York Times Sunday Magazine, Feb. 20/24, 2012
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
James Behnke, a 55-year-old executive at Pillsbury, greeted the men as they arrived. He was anxious but also hopeful about the plan that he and a few other food-company executives had devised to engage the C.E.O.’s on America’s growing weight problem. [....]
Nine-year old Jamyla Bolden was murdered by a gunshot as she was doing homework on a couch in her mother's home on August 18th. The community responded by offering emotional support and sponsoring a fundraiser at a local restaurant. They also held marches protesting the death. During the marches pleas for any witnesses to the crime to come forward were made. A witness did come forth. A second witness stated that the accused admitted to the crime. An arrest was made.
Contrary to popular belief, the black community does care about crime in their neighborhoods. Support is offered to grieving families. Suspects are arrested if there is enough evidence. If convictions occur, people go to prison. Justice is served.