Great community; about perspective

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Editor,

I felt compelled to comment and can somewhat understand the individual’s point of view that you wrote about in “Don’t play that card.” Her position is from the outside looking in. What you have to understand is that most African Americans don’t want reparations or an apology for slavery and want to forget about it as well, but some are hypersensitive about race because of what they might experience quite frequently. These experiences include hostile stares, subtle racism on the job, rude and insensitive racial comments, present day discrimination, etc.  So I’m sure she’s looking from the outside at Carmel and thinking she will definitely encounter this since it is majority white.

I’m an African American Carmel resident and I think Carmel is a great community, the best in the state. I live in a very nice neighborhood and was told by my neighbor shortly after I moved into the community that everyone thought I was a drug dealer. The answer, of course, is no. I’m a hard worker and fortunate to have a really good job. I was also once asked by someone in Carmel, how’d I get my car. I’m sure if I looked like Justin Bieber I wouldn’t have been asked that question.

Outside of all that, I still think Carmel is a great community with great people and I’ve been treated very well and made wonderful friends. Sometimes you have to put yourself in others shoes to get an idea of how they feel or their perspective.

Terry Lester
46032


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