Regarding the July 14 Point of View “Watering the flowers while black”: It would seem that well-intentioned neighbors should mind their own business. J. Lorand Matory pretends to downplay his neighbors’ actions as neighborly, while insinuating that they could have had guns. I don’t think his son was in danger, and it sounds like he handled the situation like a gentleman.
I have a similar agreement with a neighbor. We watch out for each other. If I saw someone on my neighbor’s porch at 11 p.m. while she was out of town, I would be concerned as most good neighbors would be. That seems like an odd time to water the plants. The young man’s reasoning is sound; he just came home from work, but the other neighbors weren’t privy to that information.
In this time of politically correct behavior and with Jesse Jackson always popping up to “help,” the neighbors probably didn’t know how to act when they realized their mistake. The sensitivity to anything remotely considered racial profiling has reached a ridiculous level. No matter the color of someone’s skin, I would like to think that I would be a good neighbor and do the right thing.