AJ Via 
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Re: “Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com

I am a middle-aged white man who lives in Riverhead, NY (Long Island, east end) which is a high-crime, low-income area (at least the part I live in for 9 yrs) and fairly racially mixed (I'd say about 50% white, 30% black, 10-20% Latino/Hispanic) and while I've had my share of criminal scares- my home used to be a drug dealer/prostitute and for the first 2 yrs my family would receive late night visitors looking for them, often loudly, sometimes violently, and always scary) I find it reprehensible that someone would go into shaking-scared, report-all-black-faces mode over something like a child walking a dog or a woman ringing a doorbell. People, sadly, do not surprise me with their ingrained, lifelong ignorance and distrust of their fellow neighbors and human beings. The sad thing is that many of these people are probably not bad folks- if the person calling the cops took 5 seconds to speak to the "suspect", most of the time they'd find they were afraid of a perfectly kind, respectable and friendly neighbor, oftentimes someone who's lived in "your" neighborhood longer than you. I'm a drug/alcohol counselor, often working with the "worst" people that society labels as worthless, used up, wasted, or to be feared, and as I was just saying to a friend last week, almost every one of them- parolees, addicts, criminals- at the end of the day are some of the actual most interesting, insightful, and remorseful people I know. Giving them a chance to show they are human, just like you (!) and your family, will sometimes surprise you. People: wise up. Open your hearts. Be kind, and not just to the ones who look like you. Your life and family will be better for it.

Posted by AJ Via on 10/13/2015 at 5:51 AM

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