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Old 02-27-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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METALLISTEVE: I do have to agree with you that I am cautious EVERYWHERE I go - whether it is SouthPark Mall or Morton's uptown. But I am that way whether in Charlotte or Denver. So I do agree with you that one should pay attention and assume that any place can be the spot where a thug is hanging out. And you can't always tell them by their clothes, either. Shoplifting is a crime, too, and people at Malls who look "nice" can be engaging in that activity right beside any of us.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg NC
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Metallisteve- I think we pretty much feel the same way. See, I'm cautious of all people. I come from an all white small town so all the bad guys I knew of were white, and some were women! It's smart to be cautious of *all* strangers, not just ones who look different from you. I've been known to give leery looks to little old ladies who I feel stand too close to me when I'm entering my pin at the store, you never know!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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Metallisteve- I think we pretty much feel the same way. See, I'm cautious of all people. I come from an all white small town so all the bad guys I knew of were white, and some were women! It's smart to be cautious of *all* strangers, not just ones who look different from you. I've been known to give leery looks to little old ladies who I feel stand too close to me when I'm entering my pin at the store, you never know!

See I worked within a couple of miles of Newark, New Jersey and most of my trouble makers were black. We have wildly different experiences. Not saying they were ALL trouble makers, but they constituted an overwhelming majority.

Bottom line is I don't trust anybody, but my attention goes to one particular group.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I think you've seen enough of my posts where I wasn't trying to be funny. I learned first hand over the years that if I hear "thug", my experience tells me it's a black male.

That's not a hateful statement, it is what it is.
Well, here in Charlotte, the preponderance of crimes are perpetrated by young black males. So that is true. However, from my own personal experience, the two times in my life I was assaulted by unknown males (once in a laundromat at 19, once on my front porch) they were both drunk white trash.

Just saying . . .
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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Well, here in Charlotte, the preponderance of crimes are perpetrated by young black males. So that is true. However, from my own personal experience, the two times in my life I was assaulted by unknown males (once in a laundromat at 19, once on my front porch) they were both drunk white trash.

Just saying . . .


I agree that your surroundings and experiences are going to dictate where your attention would go to in certain situations. I had major problems, including almost being stabbed at work in New Jersey at one point, from black people. Not once will I ever say that all whites are angels. Far, far, far from it. You cruise through some of the trailer parks in New Jersey and holy crap with the white trash... you'd keep your eye on half of the people for your own safety. But my own experience tells me that I can still feel easier in those areas than in Newark, Camden, Irvington, or any other predominantly black area.

Still, to keep it on topic, unless you're a family with a stroller, I don't trust anybody in a mall lot, white or black.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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...and once again, statistics mess with our board discussions!

I think we need to add a clause to the TOS for the forums:
Leave all statistical data at the door. Bring with you only biased ideas, prejudices, and opinions.

We would get along so much better here!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Well . . . it seems to me we all agree on these things:

1. Crime can happen anywhere, cause criminals can be hanging out anywhere.

2. Some crime occurs b/c of altercations b/n people known to one another, so the rest of us are not targets (but can get involved as innocent bystanders)

3. Anyone can be up to "no good," regardless of race or how they are dressed.

4. Ignoring drunk, high or menacing looking people, regardless of race or clothing, is a mistake.

5. All Malls have people hanging around them . . . some are harmless and some may not be

6. If you feel someone is menacing, give them a wide berth

7. Northlake Mall is no better or worse than the average Mall in any city
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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Unfortunately, I doubt this is a joke for some.

Yes, even though the current trend in casual menswear (for Black, White, and every other group) is a looser jean/pant, some people are suspicious of any Black person not dressed in a suit and tie.

Don't you know. That's why the area is so scary!!!

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*groan* Brian, you have a great sense of humor so I'm hoping you're being funny. I learned a long time ago to never judge a book by it's cover, it's trite but it's true. BTW, when I was at CP, I saw just as many white dudes with baggy pants, sideways cap etc. as black dudes.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Really, this is a fact??


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Well, here in Charlotte, the preponderance of crimes are perpetrated by young black males. So that is true. However, from my own personal experience, the two times in my life I was assaulted by unknown males (once in a laundromat at 19, once on my front porch) they were both drunk white trash.

Just saying . . .
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Really, this is a fact??
Sadly, Bay, it is a fact, and it is one that many of us find very troubling, as we are obviously not doing something right in this city to help at least some of our young black males get on track towards a rewarding life. I am not pointing this out to disparage; I am saying that these are the images that people see on the news - black males (usually in their 20s or younger). I think this helps perpetuate anxiety about black males.
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