...even if you never thought you were one.
An example: My city in one of the Great Lakes states is always counted as one of the most liberal college towns in the country. There is not one Republican who who occupies a post in the city government. Our representative in the House is a gay man and our Senator in D.C. is a lesbian.
The minority population is not large (about 7%, it that. The city has spent a ton of money on affordable housing, educational opportunities, job training, you name it.
Yet, at least 95% of the crime is committed by POC. One very nice affordable housing building with about 40 units and in a nice neighborhood opened last August. POC's occupy 36 of the 40 units. Well, the brand new building has already been trashed, there have been nearly 300 police calls there just since it opened. Gunshots almost every night. Neighbors have been assaulted and are almost afraid to leave their homes and find it impossible to sell due to the violence. Two years ago, this was a quiet, we'll-kept neighborhood and considered semi-upscale.
The latest is that groups of minors from the building (some as young as 12 years) have been roaming not only this neighborhood, but are venturing out further, stealing cars, smashing windshields, attacking sometimes elderly (white) people at gas stations or entering or leaving businesses. When (and if) the cops apprehend them, these kids just laugh in their faces and say things like "I don't care, haul me in. I'll be out in an hour." And they're right.
So, I ask you, is it any wonder that a majority of other residents, who have had a history of being supportive, have become alarmed and angry? With feelings of racism often rising to the surface?
How does one overcome this?