I’ve got to handle this delicately; I don’t want to be accused of being a racist, which (I hope) I am not. However, I’m putting this directly into the BBQ pit, because there’s no way people will be able to maintain a calm rational response to this, and they may want the opportunity to vent.
Following the police reports near my university (which are mailed right to us), I’ve seen again and again that the people who attack people in my neighborhood are of a certain group. Ergo, it would seem that crossing the street to avoid that kind of person is a good way to protect myself against being victimized by crime. Okay, more specifically, men in their twenties of that group.
Minorities, how bad do you feel when someone crosses the street to avoid you? Last summer, I crossed the middle of the street just to get to my apartment, but a man of that group who happened to be in front of me thought I was doing this, and the look on his face could best be described as “sad” and “hurt”.
I don’t like the idea of racism, and I wouldn’t want to be a victim of this technique, but when it comes to personal safety, I’m forced to throw political correctness out the window.
Oh, incidentally, I’m a short, skinny, white male, but I’ve had people (especially women) cross the street to avoid me. It seems I’ve got the “crazy eyes”. It makes me kind of angry, but whenever I see a man significantly bigger and taller than me cross the street to avoid me, I do feel a little safer.