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Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:09 PM

Health vs. B.L.M. What would u do?

Last night. 9:00 p.m.

Our neighborhood is mixed. 60% Black, 10% Latino 30% white. No conflicts. Little intermingling except with immediate neighbors. So back to last night.

On any given night, there are 5 or 10 cars parked on the street. Last night, there were around 30 that were parked in the vicinity of one of the houses. It is either Black owned or with a Black tenant. 5 guys were on the sidewalk, close together, no masks. The house is small. The back yards in our block average 100 sq. ft.

Given the parameters and observed behavior, it is likely the participants were not practicing social D or proper masking.

This affects all of our health: Mine and theirs. Doing nothing, risked the community's health.

I debated notifying the police about the violation of our state's health order. Were these white people, no question in my mind. But our police department is under legal sanctions because of prior interactions with Black residents.

I did nothing. What would you have done?

Edited to add, I am a geriatric white guy... and to add "not" to the 4th., single sentence paragraph.

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3Hotdogs Aug 2 OP
marybourg Aug 2 #1
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maximusveritas Aug 2 #3
3Hotdogs Aug 2 #5
Polybius Aug 2 #4

Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:20 PM

1. Given your race, their's,

what you said about racial mixing, the fleeting nature of the offense, and general concepts of neighborhood, I would have done nothing.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:23 PM

2. As a general rule, . . .

. . . do what you would do regardless of race, but in America, where police casually kill black men at the least opportunity, I would have done what you did. Nothing.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:28 PM

3. It's sad that people may be less likely to call cops when needed

but in this case it is not needed because it would achieve nothing. The damage was already likely done and they would probably just move the party to a new location.
If there was an actual crime, you really should not hesitate because the chances of something bad happening are minuscule no matter what distorted picture you get from the media.

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Response to maximusveritas (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:48 PM

5. --damage already done.

There is that.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Original post)

Sun Aug 2, 2020, 01:30 PM

4. As a black man, I kind of wish you would have called the police

It's possible that some black men and women might contact Covid and die because of that party.

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