How Did We Get To Here?
I feel so lucky to live in a diverse city where people from every religion and nationality live and that means a myriad of different faces pass me on the street every single day. New York City is a place over 8.5 million people who for the most part respect each other for who they are and manage to live together in a variety of boroughs peacefully….and note Los Angeles is right behind us where we spend long periods of time. Although peacefully can mean tranquil, I mean without constant disturbance because of race, religion or ethnicity.
This past week, a young man in Rochester Hills, Michigan, missed his bus and walked through neighborhoods to get there. He got lost and knocked on a neighbors door to get some directions because he wasn’t sure where he was. The wife began yelling at the young man who is all of 14 and then her husband grabbed a shotgun and shot him. The good news is he missed and that young man is still here to tell the story.
Rochester Hill is a relatively safe community and if you do a little research, it is a great place to live. I can’t help ask the question, how did we and when did we get to this place where people fear someone who doesn’t look like them? How did we get to a place where a young 22-year-old white woman sticks a handgun in the waist of her shorts and takes a selfie shot and posts it to show that she is empowered to feel safe? How did we get to the place where black men are being handcuffed to sitting in a Starbucks waiting for a friend? Where did this fear and insanity come from?
If we flipped the tables on all three of the events I pointed out, where it was a white kid knocking on the door for directions and a black man grabbed his gun and shot him or a black college student stuck a gun in their pants and took an Instagram that they were now safe or a bunch of white kids hanging out in a Starbucks got handcuffed for waiting for a friend, what would be the response to that?
Something is very wrong. We certainly have no leadership in this country and somehow we are all losing our moral compass. That what is right for one isn’t right for the other and that we are disrespecting our neighbor out of fear is disturbing. It isn’t like these people are living out in the prairies in the 1800’s.
I don’t have an answer for all of this but it scares the shit out of me and I find all of the above insanely unsettling.