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.

(35) comments

DLJohnson

It is despicable that someone would damage your property in the manner you described. I can't help but think that the closure of 21st and Douglas has increased the traffic flow in your area. In turn this would increase the likelihood of drunk drivers or joy riders passing by. Both have been known to leave the roadway and drive onto lawns and cause damage on some occasions . Let's hope that you have not been singled out for personal attack based on your views as you stated in your comments. Because that is also despicable. DLJohnson

Justthinking

I’m afraid that you have moved into one of the most racist states that flies under the radar. It’s part of the Bible Belt that extends from Texasss to the Canada border. Just read the laws and attempted ones.

DLJohnson

Justthinking: are you being forced to live in the area against your will?

dmilroy

Trump's Republican party declares dissent regarding their plans and policies to be hatred of America. Trump is using the same racists language used by segregationist George Wallace fifty years ago. Trump declares the press that write unflattering articles about him and his administration "the enemy of the people." The obvious result of Trump's words is violence against those he denigrates.

DLJohnson

Justthinking and dmilroy: Those who bring the term racists to the conversation prove themselves to be the true Racists. When you don't have a good argument for the discussion at hand you throw the racist accusation. The far left Democrat liberal canned response to anyone who has an opinion that is different than theirs. I feel sorry for you, better yet a feel sorry for the people who have to suffer the pains or hearing or reading your rhetoric. DLJohnson

Justthinking

The president declared that anyone who disagrees with him should leave the country, especially women of color.

dmilroy

Like Donald Trump after a woman was killed by a white supremacist at the "Unite the Right Rally" in Charlottesville, VA, DLJohnson equates people standing up against racism with the bigots. President Donald Trump's remarks on Charlottesville received substantial negative attention. In his initial statement on the rally, Trump did not denounce the marchers explicitly, instead condemning "hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides". While Trump later stated that he condemned neo-N@zis and white nationalists, his first statement and his subsequent defenses of it, in which he also referred to "very fine people on both sides", implying moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them, and were interpreted as a sign that he was sympathetic to the white power cause.

DLJohnson

Need to work on your interpretation skills. White power is a stupid concept. People standing up to the white supremacists are giving them what they want...attention. Ignore them, it takes away any power they may have.

dmilroy

DLJohnson writes, "People standing up to the white supremacists are giving them what they want...attention. Ignore them, it takes away any power they may have." How can the murder be overlooked? We've been required to fight against white supremacists in 1861 and 1941. Looking the other way is not an option. The KKK was not defeated by ignoring it in the 1920's or the 1960's. If you believe in America, then it is our responsibility to confront bigotry.

dmilroy

DLJohnson write, "People standing up to the white supremacists are giving them what they want...attention." From history we know ignoring white supremacists makes them stronger for example lynching and the rise of Hitler.

DLJohnson

Justthinking: Remember, white is a color too. DLJohnson

antiteaparty

Ahhh yes, this comment certainly shows that you are not a racist.

DLJohnson

If white is not also a color, why would it be in a box of crayons?

Iman

All libbies should leave the country regardless of race or religion. MAGA!

dmilroy

Iman's assertion that unless you agree with his political beliefs you should leave the country directly contradicts the founding principles of the country. In America, freedom of speech is not just for people who agree with Mr. Trump.

DLJohnson

Why don't you criticize the similar comments made by the Democrats, especially the far left freshman democrat socialists known as the "Squad"?

Iman

Yes dimroy. Please leave. You and your libby ideas are ruining the country.

dmilroy

The great thing about America is people like Iman don't get to decide who is a citizen and who has the freedom of expression.

DLJohnson

dmilroy: But people like the members of the Squad do get to make those decisions? Your refusal to denounce their rhetoric makes you a hypocrite!

dmilroy

DLJohnson your comment makes no sense. The squad never told fellow Americans to leave their country.


dmilroy

The great thing about America is neither Donald Trump nor Iman get to decide who belongs in America.

Ar223

How in the heck did the President and politics get brought into a conversation when the person was just talking about an act on there property that she was upset about? Pot sturring trouble makers are running rampet in this country anymore.

dmilroy

As Mr. Doby states in his op-ed, "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. "

DLJohnson

dmilroy: Your second sentence shows that you lied when stating that you preferred to believe that the act was a random act of vandalism in your first sentence. You choose to continue to stir the pot. Just can not help yourself can you?

dmilroy

Mr. DLJohnson quotation marks indicate I am quoting for Mr. Doby's letter as a way to answer AR223's question. A rational person would apologize for falsely accusing me of lying... I won't hold my breath.


DLJohnson

dmilroy: You echoed the message indicating that you do not believe the incident to be a random act of vandalism, but rather you perpetuate the thought that it is retaliation for a particular political thought. No false accusation. The proof is in your own writings.


dmilroy

DLJohnson you wrote, " Your second sentence shows that you lied when stating that you preferred..." But, my first sentence was a quote from Mr. Doby's letter. I wrote I wouldn't hold my breath an apology. I was right.


dmilroy

DLJohnson you wrote, " Your second sentence shows that you lied when stating that you preferred..." But, my first and second sentences were a quote from Mr. Doby's letter. I wrote I wouldn't hold my breath an apology. I was right.


Kronstadt

Everyone who has posted here has the constitutional right to say what they feel. Our forefathers knew that free speech and a free press are the best defense against tyranny, even if those views happen to be unpopular. The "Squad" has that same constitutional right to criticize the president and his policies. Those who want them sent away for exercising their rights to free speech are the very people our forefathers were trying to protect us from with the First Amendment. What's lost in all of this "send them back" rhetoric is that for eight years Donald Trump rabidly pushed the false birtherism conspiracy, told countless blatant lies about President Obama (which literally endangered the lives of his family) and fired a constant, brutal torrent of criticism toward the president. And yet, millions of Americans, including Trump, conveniently forget all of that when they chant "Send her back!" Those same people also like to tell the "Squad," and anyone else who criticizes the president, to leave America if they're so unhappy here. But I'm guessing Trump never thought to leave America when he was so bitterly unhappy with Obama's policies.



No one, including the "Squad," Trump, or anyone else should be told to leave America for criticizing any president or his policies. Like it or not, the freedom to criticize, even when the criticism is ridiculous and unpopular, helps ensure all of our freedoms. We all have to understand how important it is to be able to do that without being threatened, mistreated, intimidated, physically attacked or violated in any way.



It was my property that was vandalized. And it was I who have received multiple threats for my anti-Trump views. For reasons that I may reveal at a later date, I have been subject to even more threats and intimidation than what I shared in my letter. One in particular would frankly send shivers down the spine of this community if I spoke about it. Like I said, I may speak of it later, but for legal reasons I cannot at the moment. I support everyone on this thread who voices their opinion, regardless of how I feel about that opinion personally. But please, stop telling people they have to leave America because of their criticism of any president, because it's that sort of very un-American, anti-constitutional rhetoric that plants dangerous ideas in people's minds, on both sides of the political aisle. We are ALL Americans who love our country, and by "all" I include the "Squad" and Trump. Always keep that in mind. If you're looking for people who truly want to harm America then focus more of your attention on the Russians' continued efforts to undermine and infiltrate our free, democratic elections. Whether or not Trump had any personal involvement in any of that isn't nearly as important as the fact it DID happen, and it IS happening and it WILL continue to happen. And if we fail to be duly alarmed about that as a nation we'll soon have far bigger problems to deal with than four duly-sworn congresswomen brutally criticizing the president.


dmilroy

A clear and compelling post by Kronstadt!


DLJohnson

Kevin Doby or Kronstadt: Not everything that happens to us or our property is the result of a certain political view. The political rhetoric needs to stop on both sides, whether it is comments to send them back to where they came from or to deport the president. However, the media and zealots from both the far left and and far right, continues to push the issue to widen the divide. Those who vandalize or put people in danger through criminal acts need to be prosecuted. And all of us need to support those prosecutions and send the message that we as a society are no longer going to tolerate bad behavior.


dmilroy

Like Donald Trump you equate the racists and those confronting racism. You ignore the impact of Mr. Trump bigoted rhetoric. We as a society are no longer going to accept your false equivalencies nor tolerate Mr. Trump's hateful behavior.


Justthinking

My car was the target of supposed kids pranks. It had scratches, dents, even lipstick marks over a period of time. It had, and my current car has, a couple of rear bumper stickers. “I vote pro climate.”. “Not Me, Us”


DLJohnson

dmilroy: Go ahead and not tolerate what you call the President's hateful behavior. Are you also going to not tolerate yourself and your hateful behavior? If you dislike hateful behavior so much, you must get very physically sick every time you speak, write or have a thought. The conflict going on between your ears must be enormous. I have a few questions for you. Have you benefited in any way since January 2017? Did you receive any tax break, did you profit from any rise in the stock market, did you find it harder to find qualified employees because due to the lower unemployment rate they already found a job? While you are doing all of this not tolerating, go out side, dig a hole , stand in the hole, cover your feet with dirt, grab a water can and pour water over your feet while loudly saying grow, grow , grow. And if at that point you can produce oxygen, then you can say you are pro climate.


dmilroy

DLJohnson, Unlike the President I haven't denigrated people based on their religion (Muslim ban), their race (Sh't-hole countries) or their ethnic background (go back!). If Donald Trump worked at the First Dakota National Bank and made those bigoted statements to his co-workers, he would be fired because they violate employment laws. It is irrational and un-American to ignore Trump's bigotry because you received a tax breaks or your stocks rose.


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