See, my initial reaction was to laugh, where as someone else's reaction may be to say "that's not right" - be it the person "having" to avoid the area, or be it the person that feels avoided.
I think what you described has happened in most big cities, and from personal experience, blacks get a kick out of it and think it's hilarious. As they get older though, they start to realize that it's not as funny as they once thought and find it more offensive.
Can't say I blame the white people for avoiding certain areas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzXLVZdRbXQ
and on the lighter side of things:
and this guy brings up a very valid point as well:
I've had people people roll up their car windows and lock their doors as I tried asking them for directions. I've also had shop owners follow me in a suspicious manner in a store as well. This all had to do because of the way I looked(dressed/apparel). Didn't even have to do with race. See the similarities? So sometimes it could also be attributed to a reaction of the circumstances and preconceived notions.
I understand both sides. What I don't understand is how to bring them together. Maybe the answer lies in finding some common ground and going from there.
http://www.mediafire.com/?s4snpbpsts5b3 - Thx sovereignjanice
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