I live in Milwaukee and there have been 101 homicides here this year -- so far. I live in a part of town that most of my relatives fear. It is actually a really great neighborhood. We have lived here twenty-two years. We just had our tenth annual nighttime trick-or-treating here. People go all out with decorating and treats.
It is a "diverse" neighborhood but very socially minded. Lots of teachers and social workers. Lots of gay and lesbian couples.
But our neighborhood is on "the edge" of where most of these shootings have taken place. Mostly by poor, black males who have vendettas for each other. Also, there have been gang shootings. Again, these have been "pay-backs."
It is horrifying and sad, but mostly I personally do not feel in danger.
Then I wonder: Am I seeing reality? Why is everyone else afraid and I'm fine? Because I've never been a victim?
Or is everyone else afraid because of the perception of crime that the nightly news gives?
The murders are real. The numbers are record high...but humans have always been violent. There have always been those who kill and rob.
I look at it this way: It's not legal to sell human beings anymore. At least, here it isn't.
That makes me things things are better than they used to be. Not worse.
[by "here" I mean the USA]
Is slavery legal anywhere!?