Leslie Stone 1 
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Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

So here's the thing -- people were drumming by the lake for years before you got there. If hearing drumming is not something that you're okay with, then don't move there. It's your responsibility to check out the neighborhood that you're moving into, and if you don't, and you end up not liking what's going on, that's on you. Make your peace with it, or go somewhere else. And that's where privilege comes in. When you move into a neighborhood, you're the one who needs to fit in. You don't move into a neighborhood and then start complaining. You don't expect everyone else to follow your rules just because now you're there. I've seen this time and time again -- people will move across the street from a music venue and then complain the music is too loud. Well, the club was already there. If you don't want to hear the music, don't move there. Or they move next to the railroad tracks and complain that the trains are too loud. Well, the train was already there. If you can't deal with it, don't move there. Privilege doesn't necessarily mean that you grew up wealthy and spoiled. It means that you believe that how you think things should be is the right way, and your rules are the baseline for how people should behave. It's not like that. You need to be aware and be respectful of the culture of your neighborhood and of your neighbors. You might even learn something.

Posted by Leslie Stone 1 on 10/12/2015 at 8:49 PM

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