Today I walked through my mother's community and saw a neighborhood watch person [View all]
Not kidding. I'm visiting my mom in suburban NY and I went for my daily walk, I wandered up the street and into a gated section of the community. The guard didn't glance my way. I walked up to the house and asked if it was okay for me to walk around and he said "absolutely!"
The irony of it hit me. I'm a skinny white woman, late 40's. über priveleged.
I turned around. But not before I commented to the guard about how lucky I am that I can walk through a strange neighborhood and not have to worry about being shot. It doesn't feel right and it's not fair. The guard was black and he looked so sad when I pointed it out.
I was so struck by the parallel I wanted to share.