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LessThenLove
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"Bad Neighborhoods," and what can do about racial

Is it wrong (from a girl mom perspective) to specify that an area can be unsafe at night to someone who is thinking of going there? Is it wrong to say it would be better to take a cab to this area because the metro stop is dangerous. I am not saying either way I am just wondering how we take the race out of the issue and keep our safety priorities high. Basically we need to work on corruption in the policeforce. Does anybody have any suggestions on that? I have no idea other than to become part of it and well I am not old enough to do that. I definetely see the racial profiling going on a lot. My school has open campus for lunch but we are asked to bring our school IDs so that if police check for truancy (sp) we are safe. Whenever I am with my black friends or asian friends they ALWAYS stop us when we walk back from Chipotle and I have never been stopped with a group of white kids except for my more eclectic group of friends (READ: mohawks). Is there anything I can do about this? We noticed this at Best Buy last year and my principle wrote a letter to the Washington Post and we had the CEO of Best Buy come and discuss at an assembly at our school. He didn't apologize. I wonder if they still continue to use race as to whom they let into their store? Anyways... this has gotten rambly but the "ghetto" discussion sparked a lot of issues in my mind.

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"Bad Neighborhoods," and what can do about racial

There's nothing wrong with wanting to be safe. But you should look into the area in question before making an assumption. Is the area really a bad neighborhood, or do people say that because it is mainly POC? Is there a high rate of crime? The best way to do that is to ask someone who actually lives in that area.

I live in an area that is kinda considered "bad" now. Why? There are a lot of kids who like to hang around outside the apartments when the weather is nice. They like to play music, and pretty much just talk with their friends. And yes, they are POC, so its automatically assumed that they're "up to no good". Would the police patrol by so much if the kids were white? Probably not. There's rarely ever any crime here (except for domestic disputes). In fact there was alot more crime where I used to live that was mostly white people, but you never see any police cars driving through there. And I feel alot safer walking alone at night around here than there.

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I totally agree that places are stereotyped as bad neighborhoods for absolutely no reason. My neighborhood is stereotyped as a "good" one but it really isn't all that safe cause it is so abandoned at night. My title was supposed to say "What can we do about racial profiling?" but that did not come out right at all for some reason. There are some neighborhoods in the DC/Maryland area that are really unsafe. How do we differentiate and how can we spread the word? I think my post is being misunderstood but that's casue I didn't express it right.

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Okay, I totally get what you're saying now. I read your post before I had my morning cup of coffee, so I was a little bit slow. Sorry! :-)

Honestly, I don't know how we can differentiate between them. I've tried to spread the word to people when I hear them talking about certain neighborhoods being bad, but in fact they're not. But other than that, I'm at a lost.

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I agree. If you are going to give advice about a bad areas know what you're talking about (I don't mean that in an accusatory way :) ). see if you can look up police logs online to know what kind of crimes have accured there. see if your state has megans law where you can look up if there are any sex offenders in the area. question what makes a bad neighborhood.

a lot of times it's better to follow simple safetly rules everywhere as crime can happen anywhere. I don't like that the burden to stop rape & violence against women is considered in womens hands (see kaya's recent post) but if I see a simple way I can be safer I do it.