I hear a door slam. And then another. I look out the window and there are four cops questioning a young girl. Three minutes later, I go out to see what it's about. A call, I'm told.
Two minutes later I go out again, wondering if profiling is going on. I am told in no uncertain terms that if I don't get to the other side of the street, I will be hindering an investigation. The threat being clear – don't mess with us.
So, apparently they don't believe in citizen participation yet there is a neighborhood watch sign on the street? I feel like I'm living in an occupied country, and I'm a third- generation White Anglo-Saxon Protestant in this county.
Imagine what an African-American or Hispanic person would feel. What gives here?
Furthermore, four cops, one juvenile it turns out, and no one thinks it is important enough to at least return the concern of a citizen.
Is this an intelligent way of engendering a feeling of public participation – by threatening?
Again, four cops, one petite girl and one senior.
Personally, I don't want to live in a place where I feel threatened by the people who are paid by us for protection. Law and order is a good and necessary part of any society but it has to make sense in people's lives. As far as I can tell, all those cameras and computers and guns don't come close to strengthening the "fabric of society" if anyone feels alienated by the actions of the same.
There has been a creeping mentality of militarism in this country, especially since World War II. As Eisenhower warned, we have exported it around the world and now the karmic blow-back has come home to roost along with all the immigrants fleeing the countries we have destablized.
This is a multi-generational challenge that will work only when each one of us, every family, town and on, believes we are all part of a greater whole – an important part of that which is worth consideration– without which, it all unravels.
Or you can call me a voice in the wilderness, signifying nothing.
James Hutcheson, Edinburg