Pleace explain to me what constitutes a viable threat in our society? At the height of Sept. 11th I and my belongings were labeled with a dark orange tag that read: "Terrorist Alert." I should mention that amongst my luggage was a sports wheelchair and yes, it too was so tagged. All out of fear -- in my case, the fear stemmed from the fact that I had an air pump under my wheelchair for my tires. I offered to stand and was told that if I was truly disabled "...either I can stand or I don't stand." "...either I can walk or I can't walk."
Shortly there after, I was strip searched and tagged. While I was made to feel humilated it was all out of fear of the one with the most authority as she had deemed me to fit the profile for posing a threat. That's your tax dollars at work. Years later, I am left with a funny story to tell of one of many plane trips to come.
What about youth like Trayvon Martin? An un-armed youth whose life was brutally taken. He doesn't get the luxary of looking back at the idiocy of the officer who thought he fit the profile for posing a threat and laughing it off with friends and family. He doesn't get to say so many things... Trayvon never gets the answer to the question of "why?" He never gets to grow-up, become so many positive things that only our youth can dream of. Again, your tax dollars at work... don't you feel safer knowing you have been proctected from the true undisirables -- the disabled & young un-armed children.
Hush, sleep easy now. The streets are safe now. This is the message we are sending our children anyone different from you deserves to be singled out as of course they must have been posing a threat.