Mrs Haruo wrote:
I'm not a "cradle Baptist". I don't know any of the places or people Steven Fox keeps quoting. All I know is that in the time I spent in Florida, in 1972-1973 I ran into a pervasive racist attitude that sickened me. A tension in the air that made my hackles raise every time I and my multi-racial collection of friends among the sailors I went to photo school with from NAS Pensacola ventured out off base together. Dad felt the same way about Ft. Benning GA during WWII. I have had no desire to return to the South. Too hot in too many ways
Too many times I would be greeted "So nice to have you vist our church! Y'all come back now! And as soon as I would turn my back some church ladies would be discussing how all them Navy gals are sluts. "We're so proud of yew for serving your country!" horse pucky
Ed: So Mrs H. other than making it clear that you have no desire to return to the South what is you point as related to this thread. I have been to Seattle a few time I consider it an OK city but nothing special. I was back there in 1972 and saw the signs saying We welcome tourist to Washington but please do not stay. I was there again in 1998 on a mission trip. The first time I was there was when I shipped out for Korea from Ft. Lewis in 1954. Like most cities where there is one or more military facilities merchants where glad to have us spend money but otherwise something of a nuisance. Around the city there is some great scenery, much more so than Florida, IMHO. The weather was lousy .
But then If you are in some way trying to relate you experience in Pensacola to the Trevon Martian case. I would suggest that you consider first that the two are events are separated by at least 39 years, Second from 1980 to 2011 the population of Florida nearly doubled. Third Florida populations from one county to another are more different than most states. In most parts of the state, only one third of the current population are native Floridians and the majority of the others have come there from northern states.
Pensacola is on the Florida Panhandle Gulf coast just a few miles from the Alabama state line on the west. It is very different from Stanford near the Atlantic on East Coast. Close to 400 miles separate the two. In my experience living in, owning property in and traveling Florida 1985-1996, plus annual trips to visit from 75 till 85. I have found the Panhandle to be more redneck that the rest of the state. That is not to say their are not rednecks in other parts of the state including Stanford . However their are racist every where, including Seattle. But neither of us or any one one these boards, to the best of my knowledge are acquainted with the defendant in the Trevon Martian case, therefore while we can speculate we can not legitimately profess to know his motive. I am at this point expecting to see this brought out in court.
BTW, in my opinion Neighborhood watch people have no business carrying a weapon while acting in that capacity. I do not know what the Florida law is in that regard. I do know that when I worked as a paid security officer in gated communities in the Tampa area 94-95, my license did not permit me to carry a weapon while on the job. In fact not even those few working for our company who had the additional training and a weapons endorsement on their license where not permuted to carry a weapon while working a residential area.