Is America a safe place for black people to live? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
The question you pose is too broad. There are cities, towns, communites and neighborhoods where a person of color can feel safe on one block, yet dread walking two blocks away.
There can be equanimous people whom one meets and exchanges pleasantries every day. Yet these same people may still harbor fears and illogic toward people of color based on myths about race. By the same token, one may just as easily find a Caucasian neighbor who willingly defends a Black person’s right to exist and live wherever one chooses.
Generalizations ignore the subtleties and complexities of any situation. Race relations can be volatile, stoked by fear and myth and exacerbated by economics; or they can be reduced to that single gesture that expresses a solidarity no epithet can permeate.