The city of Tampa, Florida has announced the launch of the “Safe Place Program”. How it works is businesses that choose to participate place decals (like the one pictured here) on their front door or in their shop window. This lets victims of hate crimes know that they can seek shelter there while waiting for the police. Other cities are adopting, or have already adopted, similar programs.
Reading this on the wire today was disheartening. Is this really where we are as a society? That we have to hang signs to signify our willingness to help out a fellow human being in danger. As the owner of a political newspaper I know better than anyone how polarizing politics can be, but it doesn’t overshadow our humanity, at least not with the majority of people. We shouldn’t have to hang signs announcing our willingness to help. That should always be a forgotten conclusion. Instead we should issue signs for those unwilling to help. And if we do, I’d imagine the free market will force them off of Main Street fairly quick.
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