Suspicious characters in their own neighborhood

Black residents of a mixed-race neighborhood in Oakland, California, are regarded as suspicious characters by their white neighbors.

The white neighbors use to share information about suspicious activity in their neighborhood, which very often consists of black people doing normal things.

Some black parents are scared to let their children wander the neighborhood alone.  Maybe this is an over-reaction, but then look what happened to Trayvon Martin down in Florida.

I have lived in a mixed-race neighborhood in Rochester, New York, for more than 25 years, and I’m not aware of anything like this on my street.  On the other hand, maybe I’m not aware of everything that happens.


Racial Profiling Via by Sam Levin for East Bay Express.  (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)


Bill’s comment:
Plenty of room for misunderstanding, plenty of room for bad faith.

Plenty of room for fear and discouragement, plenty of room for hope.

Most of all, plenty of room for us to work on it.

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2 Responses to “Suspicious characters in their own neighborhood”

  1. Holden Says:

    To be fair… last time I was in Oakland, I don’t recall seeing any white people, unless you’re referring to Asians- who actually don’t care for black people in general, in my experience.

    And also to be fair, there are a lot of scary black people in Oakland. It’s a pretty rough neighborhood.


    • philebersole Says:

      According to the 2010 Census, the population of the City of Oakland breaks down as follows:

      White, 34.5 percent (total including Hispanic)
      White, 25.9 percent (non-Hispanic only)

      Black, 28 percent

      Hispanic, 25.4 percent (can be of any race)

      Asian, 16.8 percent

      Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, native American, 1.4 percent

      Other Race, 13.7 percent

      Mixed Race, 5.6 percent


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