Part of what I wonder is, should we respect people's fear? Is all fear automatically racist? And if it isn't, then can we talk about the problem in all its facets without devolving into another pointless twitter fight about who is racist, who wants to gentrify, and all that tired rot? I was thinking about the way progressives, and progressive men especially, are expected to respond to women's fears about walking alone at night, "rape culture," and the like. Everyone agrees it's a real thing, and the fear is justified. Yeah? But if a white woman expresses fear about non-sexual crime--including a recent one which took another white woman's life--then suddenly there's this uneasiness because it might be racist. She says not one word about the racial identity of the perpetrators. But everyone knows they are Black. And so progressive people of good will automatically shift to a discussion of "privilege." I'm OK with that, to a point. But not without unpacking how much privilege is on display here. I would like to know: is it really a privilege, in a First World country, to expect not to be attacked with a brick on the street? Is it really privilege that demands one's teeth not all be knocked out for no fucking reason at all? Also: does a person who probably paid $450,000 in 2006 for a house near Patterson park--a house that today is worth maybe $250,000--and who pays, say $500 a month just in city taxes--have the right to complain? Or is such an economic situation too much privilege? I'm as in-favor of coherent arguments as the next professional writer. But I also understand that frightened people--and others too--don't always make every point as sharp and clear as we'd like. The dividing line in this town right now appears to fall between the Have Nots, and the Have Not Much Mores. That second group is tarred with the gentrification brush because they like Peter's Inn. I think that's a bad thing.