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A friend of the blog writes:

A couple of days ago on nextdoor.com I saw this posting.

Neighbor, Lynnhurst
Racially charged attack by Southwest Minneapolis teens
It breaks my heart to have to tell you all about what happened tonight in our beloved neighborhood.
At approximately 9:30 pm while my son was walking our dogs around Lake Harriet on the west side at the intersection of 47th St W and Lake Harriet Parkway he was approached by two white teenage boys on bikes. These boys harrassed him, shouted at him and threw rocks at both him and the dogs. Several rocks made contact with both the dogs and him. At this same time, another man who was black, present in the same area, and who was also walking his dog endured the same harassment from the teens. My son confronted them, exchanged some choice words with them and almost got into a fight. After a few minutes of this, the teens took off on their bikes. My son was shaken up about all this mainly because he just could not believe the racism in these boys.
To quote my 23-year-old son “South Mpls isn’t what it used to be. There are so many more privileged kids that don’t understand how good they have it and how valuable other cultures are. We used to hang out with everyone no matter what you were about or where you were from. As long as there was no hate kids could hang out and chill. I feel that this has changed drastically.
I do not want to believe him. I don’t want to believe that we have kids like this in our neighborhood. Kids that have the inability to feel empathy, understanding, and tolerance of others. Or worse yet, are we raising them to be like this?
Sadly he did not call the police and report this. In his eyes, this just would not be of interest to the Minneapolis police and they wouldn’t give it their time.
2d ago

At first I thought it might be a spoof as a 23 year old stating “South Mpls isn’t what it used to be.” As a seasoned citizen who’s lived in south Minneapolis for 40 years…well this cracked me up.

Of course the enlightened responded by blaming Trump for this racially-charged attack. Previously it would have been blamed on global warming climate change.
Then there was a ray of hope as today this response was made.

AXXXXXX GXXXXX, Kenny·11h ago
It is sad to read about such nasty racial behavior in today’s world of divisiveness. Sorry to hear about your sons experience. As a black male in the South MPLS area, I’m trying to figure out how i can say this nicely to my mostly white neighbors. Anyone blaming our current Administration, you are very sad (I hope that was pretty nice!), you are actually ridiculous and insulting to many black folks, not speaking for all, but many do agree with me. Racism has been around ever since i was born as a black male and to try and fit this into your political mindset (agenda) makes you blind and very naive. Who knows maybe you never noticed us before Obama got in office, but we were here long before (just as racism was). Teach your kids at home from birth about racism and this issue will be minimized (not the responsibility of schools), racism will never end but can be suffocated if you stop passing the puck to take care of your own! I know many police officers that are white and black and can say those I’ve encountered have not been racist, so pigeonholing them all into racism is unrealistic just like assuming a black lives matter sign clears you of being a racist (I’ve met some fake BLM people). Could conversation from parents with kids at home have anything to do with this? This might come as a surprise but i and many other black people (not all) noticed more racism when Obama was in office, forcing us black people to look at white peoples treatment towards us and pegging it as a color (race) issue vs. prejudice treatments (not racist treatments, but also not acceptable). Being black can be difficult as is when living in a mostly white neighborhood, but spinning it with administrative garbage is just simply placing blame on something other then yourself for raising crappy kids. Sorry for spewing my rant but let’s get real with what is truly going on here!

Wow! Many people thank him, but a few of the enlightened try to argue a bit with him. He makes another post.

AXXXXXX GXXXXXX, Kenny·9h ago
Cindi – not trying to pick on you but i’m guessing you are very much into politics and you probably have a genuine good heart, but your 2016 comment…please stop. Not sure if you have to be black to understand what i’m going to say, and if you are also black you may not have even noticed this….but please try to follow. Prior to Obama getting into office, black people would mumble under their breath how the white man would keep them/us down. I actually kicked a black friend out of my car once for talking about white supremacy and how the white man is bad….I don’t condone that type of talk. Now, Obama got into office black people spoke it out loud because he asked us to, this was stated to any white person listening because Obama stirred the racial divide pot. I have never felt so much racism since those days, that crap effected my daily work environment like you wouldn’t believe. While I know there is a lot of racism in this world, as a black person it is better to focus on positives vs. negatives, since negatives will always be there anyway. I’ve had other white people stir the pot with me in the past, they’ll say something like “that white person said this or that about another black person…oooooh he is so racist” Really? Why bring negative garbage to me like you saved my life or something. Gossip is bad, always has been. People will always talk behind other peoples backs, they do it with Gay, Fat, Tall, short, religion and other ethnicity’s. For people to bring up the president and that is why America got racist is absolutely stupid, it shows true ignorance. I’ll go a bit personal on how prejudiced society has become. While I’m not a Republican, i’m also not a Democrat…I stand in the middle with my beliefs. So this means i’m not a Kanye West supporter, yet i’m also not a Colin Kaepernick supporter either. I bring this up because when people ask me about my political view points they automatically assume that i’m a liberal democrat (far from either side), when they find out that i’m not, i’m instantly viewed as an Uncle Tom….Hmmmmm, this is by your BLM sign holders (pathetic), these are the same people that have all are welcome signs up….yet when i oppose their political view points I or my family are ousted for thinking differently. You should never assume anything because of a persons color, accept people for whom and what they are. Understand that to be different is OK! Being the same as everyone else would make for a boring world! Does anyone here seem to understand what racism is? Do you understand that it comes from both sides? This was started much before Trump era!!! It was even before Obama, although it was heightened to a whole new level then. If you teach your kids from little people up, right from wrong…you will then have taken ownership of creating good citizens….Stop blaming the teachers, Trump, others, etc. Take blame for your own wrong doings and correct yourself and your family before looking for others. I’m done with this post….sorry for rambling on! GENUINELY LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!!

As you might imagine the posting was halted a couple hours after this response.

The narrative must be protected, in fora big and small.

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