The subject line of the e-mail read: "What a f- culture." Well, then. The missive - and others like it - came Tuesday, the day I wrote about Doris Swarn, a dedicated young lifeguard at the Hartranft pool in North Philadelphia and one of many unsung heroes making a difference in disadvantaged neighborhoods. You know, the communities that folks love to stereotype, but God forbid they'd try to see for themselves.
Annette John-Hall is a metro columnist for The Inquirer. She was previously a features reporter and columnist focusing on music, film television and pop culture. A native of Berkeley, Calif., she covered professional, college and high school sports at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Oakland Tribune.
Her column appears Tuesdays and Fridays in The Inquirer's metro section.