Prejudiced

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  1. p kirkes
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    Usually means having an adverse opinion.

    I was following the directions on my GPS to my son's new apartment, a renovated old school building, in the inner city of Saint Louis.

    The GPS routed me from the expressway to the city streets and I immediately found myself in an older, poverty stricken, Black residential neighborhood.

    My wife and I became very concerned because we are an older white couple in a newer car caught in very narrow streets with cars parked on both sides where only one car can transit at a time. The blocks were very short with a stop sign at each intersection. No escape in case of ambush, or so my past military training reminds me.

    Families were on their porches or walking along the sidewalks but what gripped me was at each corner were what I perceived to be a threat. Six or more young black males socializing, on the curb or in the street. Talking very loud and very animated gesturing. Not at us, just between themselves.

    Since I didn't know the area or how to exit, I felt it best to follow the GPS instructions. But it seemed to take me through every narrow street, YBM populated intersection, innumerable stop signs, without a thoroughfare in sight.

    Was I afraid, you betcha. But why? No one in that neighborhood gave me a second
    glance, or made advances or blandishments.

    Later, we had occasion to drive Through a white neighborhood, college oriented, also with families on their front porches or lawns, people walking and groups of young white males chilling on the corners or walking along. I wasn't afraid there.

    What has led me to believe that somehow the color of the community defines it's character?

    Could it be the media reports that one in three black males has a criminal record, that the black people in America are hooked on drugs, that crime rates for blighted neighborhoods are astronomical or that black gangs rule the streets of neighborhoods..

    But I prejudged that particuliar neighborhood without any information about it at all.
     
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    what if something had happened? even if it was just a jaywalker who stared you down as you had to stop to let him pass? would you still be feeling guilty?

    are you now willing to take that same route again? would you take it every day? do you think that the black neighbourhood is just as safe as the white neighbourhood?

    human beings usually look to minimize risk. therefore it is reasonable to avoid groups of young unknown men, even more reasonable to avoid groups of young, unknown, black men.

    a thought experiment. millions of people risk a buck or two to play a lottery, knowing that they won't likely win. they don't care about the buck. but how many normal people would play a reverse lottery with the same millions to one odds, that paid them 5 or 10 dollars a chance when the 'winner' gets beaten to death? perhaps 5 out of 6 numbers only gets you raped? no, I dont think that type of lottery would get many players and rightly so. people spend big money to live in places that keep their families away from as much danger as possible.
     
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    I think you shoud buy a home there and settle down.
     
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    Statistics.
     
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    momonkey simianus restituo officiu

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    OK, here's your information.

    Table 43 - Crime in the United States 2008
     
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    When I lived in San Diego, I stayed a freinds house for a bit. It was in a poorer Black/hispanic section of town and it looked bad. Nothing ever happened. I moved into an apartment near Pacific Beach and it was a "nice" white college area and my damn car was stolen twice.

    Here in Arizona, I work with a guy who lives in Scottsdale and his house was broken into and we have a kid who works here who lives in the "bad" section and nothing has ever happened to him.

    You cant always tell by looking at the area, what will happen. They steal in Upper middle class white area's as well as poor black/hispanic ones.
     
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    Thanks for the feel-good CP PSA!

    Here's the numbers again...

    Table 43 - Crime in the United States 2008

    12% of the population commits half the crime.
     
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    I dont care what the numbers say, I know what my life is all about. Whenever people say all blacks this or that are wrong, I know whats going on in my house and with my family/friends.

    We dont live like that. There are middle and upper middle class minorities ya know. Those numbers you are quoting are the reason why cops pull "certain" people over in whatever area...or why old ladies clutch their purses in elevators when certain people get on. I did an experiment in a place called Coronado once and watched who the cops pulled over. I watched for two days for four hours each day. All of them were minorities just trying to get to work on North island. Pathetic and its just an example. Same thing here in Scottsdale arizona.

    All blacks are not represented by those numbers. No one in my family are represented by those numbers. They are all college educated and professional. All my family and all my friends.
     
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    I was just talking to a friend of mine and realized he's black. Weird.
     
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    What's even better, is when you bring an old white couple to a suburban neighborhood outside of a major city with $700,000 houses, well-taken care of green yards, 42k+ cars sitting in the driveways and then tell them the neighborhood is 90%+ black. They'll have a fit. Hahaha!
     
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