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This got tweeted out just moments ago.

This was posted this afternoon to a Berkeley Hills e-mail list that I'm on.

"Hello All,
My name is [REDACTED] and I live on [REDACTED]. My 20 year old son is on temporary leave from the military until mid August, and is working a part time job in San Francisco. Each morning he walks down to Bart between 4:30 and 6:00 am, and he often walks back home up the hill between 10:00 pm and Midnight. He has indicated to me that on a few occasions neighbors have monitored his movements quite closely, he assumes in an effort to make sure he has legitimate business in the neighborhood, which is understandable. My son is a Black male, and in light of what took place in Florida I feel it is incumbent upon me as his mother to advise my neighbors that his name is [REDACTED], and that he is simply walking to and from work. If you say “Good morning [REDACTED]” I assure you he will respond with “Good Morning Ma’am” or “Good Morning Sir”.

Thank you for your time and understanding."

As background, the Berkeley Hills are the ritzy part of Berkeley, where small houses cost a million or more, depending on just how nice a view of the Bay and San Francisco you have.  It's a long way down to a BART station. I suppose its even further if you have to wonder how many times you've been 911'ed as you walk.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 08:23 PM PDT.

Also republished by SFKossacks, Occupy Wall Street, and Barriers and Bridges.

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