Some of us, though, like the intelligent black birds very much. Kevin McGowan of Cornell Lab of Ornithology is among that select group of admirers, as the article and the preceding link make clear.
Near the end of the article, McGowan says, "People tend to think of them being evil, hoodlums -- this gang of crows... But they aren't gangs -- they're families. Nobody gives them credit for their admirable family values. They stay together for a long time and help each other out."
I think not enough people give corvids credit for their intelligence, either. Who can dismiss the cognitive skills displayed by Oxford University's New Caledonian Crow, Betty? The crow created a tool repeatedly to retrieve the food at the bottom of a tube. (And she's right-handed.)
On a less significant note, I'm pleased to learn that Kevin and I share an appreciation for corvids. I had the pleasure of meeting him during the American Birding Association convention in Tucson last July. He and his son, Jay, shared a table with me and a friend on Saturday night, and I remember laughing often during the evening. It's cool to see him quoted in this article.