"As desperately as he has tried to get me to, I have never, not once, called smitty racist. Even as many times as he has called me racist without anything to support his claim, I have never called him one."
So what was this?
"Wow, if your beliefs are rooted in such certainty, then obviously what other people observe must automatically be wrong, right?"
Not at all. They must be seeing things from a different point of view somehow. It may not be a *better* point of view - but it's possible it could be, and at least it might be something interesting.
I think that's the difference between me and most of the partisans for either side. I am actually fine with disagreement, I find it interesting, as long as it can sustain a conversation on a somewhat higher level than 'nuhuh' 'uhuh'
As to the policy itself, it's mostly an insulting annoyance for rural folks (though we, and I think not without cause, worry that it will slide down the slope and become worse) but not yet a truly enormous, practical problem on a day to day basis. For a great many minority residents of US citizens, it is a daily threat. Decent citizens in our urban slums (of any color, but obviously demographics means this hits minorities disproportionately) are caught in a cruel trap between the cops and the criminals.
It's no mistake that the modern era of victim disarmament laws started in California and were aimed directly at the Black Panther Party.