Our family moved here from Omaha in 2011 so we could raise our children in a safe environment, where our kids could safely play in the yard.
That ideal was shaken on July 15.
On that day, someone drove through our yard, spinning their tires for almost 60 feet in the process to maximize damage. This individual had to cross an 8-foot wide rock bed, then our sidewalk just to get up onto our yard, which tilts at a steep angle. So I agree with the police; this was no accident.
I’d prefer to believe this was a random act of vandalism. But given the handful of veiled threats and “friendly warnings” I’ve received as a result of my criticism of President Trump in the P&D, I’m not so sure. I experienced similar intimidation for publicly expressing anti-racist views when I lived in the Deep South, so it more resembles a pattern than randomness.
Regardless of intent, this was the act of a mindless coward, as our children were playing on that stretch of our yard that day. So your idiotic stunt endangered their lives. However, if the person responsible for this has any courage, write a letter to the editor with your name and contact information so we can meet face-to-face. I’ll buy you a cup of coffee, with a sincere offer to work hard to forgive you for endangering my family. But it won’t be easy.
Should you disregard my offer, please know I’ve experienced racist intimidation on multiple occasions, in places where they take their racism deadly serious. So if your intent was intimidation, it didn’t work. And if you were hoping to scare me, please read Psalm 18:2. You will find that you failed.
If this was simply a random act of mindlessness, you need to understand how dangerous such idiocy is to others, particularly children, so please do not repeat this stunt on anyone else’s property.
I expected intimidation (or worse) for expressing unpopular views when I lived down South. Mounting evidence suggests I should expect the same in Yankton, South Dakota.