Walking across campus or down Franklin Street, I feel a palpable, almost desperate desire for Chapel Hill and UNC to return to a more innocent time. There is no need to list the incidents that generate this desire; they are headline news.
When the most recent killings were broadcast on BBC recently, I was struck by how worldly Chapel Hill is. My concern is that the yearning for innocence blinds us to the need for community action that addresses the need for sensitivity and patience – a requisite if we are to love our neighbors.
We can no longer make an obscene gesture or an off-handed comment about something that was once was, in the scheme of things, as trivial as a parking space. The launch buttons are close to the surface in this world, including Chapel Hill.