The project began with the selection of an everyday location – one that holds relevance to us as a culture and also represents some kind of social issue. Our research started at the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit on Monday, September 21, 2009. All cases involved violence, or included elements which lead to violence. Our perception was that people in Detroit have become apathetic to the amount of crime and violence within the city. Homicides have become a part of everyday life. In addition, citizens of Detroit pride themselves in the fact that Detroit is the murder capital of America. In order to expose these attitudes we scoured the internet and took direct quotes and statistics about Detroit and local crime for our text.
Collaboration with Emily Johnston