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  •  In my law school (0+ / 0-)

    where we talk about the "reasonable person" standard, very often we made reference to what a total jokes of a standard that is.  Not just the students but the faculty too.  I greatly appreciate your attacking it as the totally unreasonable approach that it is.  

    Your point about the notion of reasonable fear of young white men is interesting.  I think perhaps the answer is that it is never reasonable to base fear on who someone is, but only on what they do.

    Anyway, many thanks for this great diary.

    •  The true, real life crime shows on TV (0+ / 0-)

      have put the fear in me of the teens and young men and women, even those I know and they are all white.  And I have 6 grand kids.

      It seems that getting dope or getting the money to buy dope is the reason for a lot of home invasion murders and street robberies.

      Decent kids will do a lot of bad things to get more dope.

      Making it known you don't keep money, valuables or dope in your home, not even legal prescription medicine could help maybe.  So could a tazer and good locks and alarms.

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