Arguably this is paranoia, but the mayor and police chief of my city do not think so and have officially reacted with a formal response. What a sign that I am an old whatever, praising local law enforcement, but, well….
So the issue is that late last evening a truck full of masked white men, and no, we are not talking health masks but ones that cover ID, with flags waving including the Confederate battle flag, were going up and down our block taking photos of certain houses, including ours. What did these objects of this photographic effort find consistent? We all had posters on our property declaring “Black Live Matters.” Many on our block became upset over this, including my wife, and now the City of Harrisonburg, VA police are especially watching our block. I note that both the mayor and police chief of our city happen to be Black, for which at this time I am grateful.
Background here is that I have been living where I am for 32 years with my wife, Marina, in a block in Old Town of Harrisonburg, VA, where most of the houses are somewhat over a century old, and we are five minutes from the central square, as well as being 20 minutes from offices at James Madison University. Where we are is given by the 2004 prez election. There are 5 precincts in Harrisonburg, but ours, closest to JMU, was the only precinct in the entire Shenandoah Valley that went for Kerry over Bush. Yes, we are an island of “liberalism,” with Harrisonburg later in 16 going strongly for Bernie.