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Dear PoPville – What Would You Have Done?

by Prince Of Petworth January 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm 139 Comments


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Dear PoPville,

My friend and I had just left Room 11 and were walking west on Park, about 2 blocks from the Target, when we saw a group of black teenage girls walking towards us on the sidewalk. They were taking up the entire width of the walk, and didn’t look like they were going to allow us to pass. My friend and I had two choices: let them run us off the sidewalk or keep walking on our half of the sidewalk. We chose the latter. Consequently, we bumped shoulders with a couple of the girls, who proceeded to call us “white bitches.”

We felt that the girls were deliberately trying to intimidate and provoke us, and we chose to stand our ground. However, others may have behaved differently in this situation – some may have yielded the sidewalk to avoid a confrontation; some would have said “excuse me” or politely asked the girls to share the sidewalk; and some may have used stronger terms.

After the girls called us names, we ignored them and kept walking. Again, others may have responded differently.

What would you have done?

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