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I'm not playing "blame the victim," merely sharing tactics from somebody who's lived in both Idaho and rural South Carolina and stuck out a wee bit.
As individuals...Do we choose to instigate? Blame? Be passive? What about as a community? I think having a public meeting about it regardless of our feelings about WHO called it is great! Not only do we get to exercise our right to congregate and communicate...we also get to confront our feelings regarding this fear, and hopefully strategize about how to keep each other safe.
One Halloween, one of them came up behind a friend of mine in a "Sponge Bob" costume and thought it was OK to jump him like he was playing football! I am sure the next day they laughed and thought it was really funny. But, in reality it scared the hell out of me and my friend. They just don't think!
I agree that during Rose Festival we all need to be more alert downtown.