To all those who live in northern suburbs who say you are afraid of traveling south of 82nd Street:
You are living a lie.
You claim that your apprehension is because of "feeling unsafe," yet you have misinterpreted that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you do happen to drive through Indianapolis. What you really feel uncomfortable about is witnessing poverty. Seeing it first-hand may challenge you to feel the need to do something about it, or at least feel some level of guilt if you continue to do nothing.
Meanwhile, you can attend cocktail fundraisers and silent auctions and donate old household items to Goodwill. Continue to mail your guilt money in from the suburbs because it may find some good use for people in need. The bottom line is that we know you want to feed poor black babies - you just don't want to be around them. The old saying, "Out of sight, out of mind," rings true.
The fact is that crime happens everywhere in a metropolitan area, whether you live downtown or in Carmel. Just stop lying to yourself and each other about the anxiety you feel when you drive south of 86th Street. It is not really about safety; it is that little thing called a "conscience" nagging at you.
- Mr. KeepingThingsReal
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