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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 01:57 PM

5. "What did these security guards think they were securing in that moment?"

Security in the U.S. is focused in many ways on private property, rather than the well-being of people, and that's certainly what those guards were trying to protect.

Identity is also certainly part of it. Also, people tend to intervene less when there's a crowd, which makes it easy for each person watching to assume someone else will help. People are also generally pretty bad at recognizing a situation that needs intervention -- we're really good at making up stories in are heads to explain what we're watching, rather than acting on it, especially if no one else is reacting.

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