Black residents of a mixed-race neighborhood in Oakland, California, are regarded as suspicious characters by their white neighbors.
The white neighbors use Nextdoor.com 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 Nextdoor.com by Sam Levin for East Bay Express. (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)
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.