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  •  I dunno. (32+ / 0-)

    I think escalating this might not be the best resolution. The woman has apologized (even if weirdly), has been outed to the entire neighborhood and is no longer part of the Neighborhood Watch.

    She's on notice. Perhaps this will change her behavior - even better if it changed her thinking!

    What I might do is have community meetings about racial profiling and other "best practices" for good Neighborhood Watch groups to try to educate people.

    •  True. I see your point. (14+ / 0-)

      She does seem to have a ton of support but I worry if that is due to the fact her son is neurologically typical, he's an athlete, an honor student, he's white and "raised a Christian".    

      Is her neighborhood safe for other children?  

      I think her son nailed it on that regard.  His concern for others is what needs to be spearheading the next and hopefully last NW meeting.  

      Racism and Profiling - as well as stalking our children should be put to an end.

      I do hope you're correct that her neighborhood is safe for children to walk down the street.  Thank you :)

      "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

      by Damnit Janet on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 09:17:23 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know if her neighborhood is safe (21+ / 0-)

        from further outrages like this one. But here is my thinking on it (not necessarily the best thinking, just mine!)

        This woman and the Neighborhood Watch organization sort of dodged a bullet here. As did bakmr's son. It was horrible for him, but stopped short of tragic.

        So now everyone is on notice that this kind of vigilante behavior under the auspices of "Neighborhood Watch" is problematic at best. This opens up an opportunity for a dialog about what the Neighborhood Watch is about - it should never be about vigilante justice or harassment or paranoia or racial profiling (although it probably often is). It is also an opportunity to discuss the incident, all the "wrong" things about it, all the "wrong" assumptions and make clear that their group will chart a different course. Then decide what that course is.

        I'm not defending Neighborhood Watch organizations or praising them. But they can be a network for good if the neighbors choose to use them that way. My NW organization sends out police reports of neighborhood crime (including one crime I diaried about here where a homeowner had an arsenal of unsecured weapons and ammunition in an unlocked house). I was VERY GLAD to hear about it. There have also been attempted child abductions and I am glad to hear about that. Not for paranoia reasons, but so that I can be alert and remind my kids of how to stay safe. When there is petty property theft (from unlocked cars, for instance) the NW sends out an email reminding people to practice safe car-parking. ;-)

        NW can be useful if little kids get lost, or pets get lost or property is stolen - a year or so ago some high school kids stole yard statues as a prank, and they were subsequently found and returned. It can also be a conduit for other civic information. But it needs a charter, so to speak, and good guidelines about what to do. And what NOT to do!

        So having leaders from different communities come to address this particular Neighborhood Watch could be useful. Having the police address the Neighborhood Watch could be useful. Having a larger dialog with business owners, school officials, parents, etc would be useful.

        sorry, got tl;dr here.

    •  I add myself to the "press charges" crowd. (2+ / 0-)
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      bkamr, pdxteacher

      As a mixed-race person that grew up on the receiving end of a great deal of racial violence from the surrounding community (I was surrounded and beaten senseless on my first day of kindergarten, for example), there's more than your story or this crazy woman's well-being at stake here.

      The only way this stops being "okay" or "forgivable" is if society stops treating it like it's "okay" or "forgivable."

      By not pressing charges, you help to preserve the "minor sin" status of racist activity. That may be good for you and yours, but there are others who may well suffer as a result that wouldn't have if you'd made a point to turn this into a public, legal issue.

      Those other people that may suffer as a result of inaction deserve better.

      -9.63, 0.00
      "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

      by nobody at all on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 08:14:17 PM PDT

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    •  The Lady Needs To Be Sent To A Gated Community (2+ / 0-)
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      white blitz, bkamr

      that has one household.

      Hers!

      "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

      by kerplunk on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 08:41:49 PM PDT

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