proudblackinYL 5pts 1 Like My father who lives in LA called me regarding this story because he was concerned about my safety. I honestly hadn't heard about any of this until then. I am clearly dumb founded, not about the story itself (which makes me sad) but to the responses I have seen. On this day of Thanksgiving - I a black citizen am thankful for so many things, but for better or worse, the right to live in this country. I have the right (albeit hard fought for right) to live where I choose to live, work, worship (or not) and vote in any manner I see fit. I have lived in Yorba Linda for almost 10 years, and in OC for about 20. I love the OC (much to a lot of my friends and family dismay). I cannot say why I love it here I just do and this is my home. With that being said, I am not going to sit here and paint a rosy picture of OC - that it is better than any other county in California. I have lived other places, and here I have been the victim of some crime, some of it racially motivated some of it not, some it of it I cannot say either way (I didn't have the opportunity to ask the perpetrator why??? Not that it mattered.) In my neighborhood over the past 5 years, The police have had to respond to calls at least 5x, their was actually a SWAT raid on my street several years back. Their is a known drug house in the area that the police are constantly monitoring. Their have been some sexual assaults, and I don't know if anyone has check the child predator website to locate predators in your particular area but you may be SHOCKED at the number of sex offenders that live close to you. What I am trying state is that if anyone thinks Yorba Linda is the Utopia you think it is - you are delusional!!!!! But we have many good things in this community. Personal experience - during the last really bad earthquake, my neighbor, who has lived next to me for 2 year, and during that time have never said more than a few pleasantries, ran next door to make sure me and my family were safe. That is just one example but that is what the majority of our community is. Good people, trying to help other good people make a home for themselves. The point i am trying to make is that I agree it is not fair to condemn the entire Community for a few "bad apples". But what truly amazes me is that people seem to think that in this "modern" society that racism has gone away, and are SHOCKED when there are incidences like the one we are discussing, contradict that belief. The truth is racism has never gone away. NEVER. People who hated other people based on their race still hate those same people, will still blame those people for their misfortune. Human nature is human nature. What HAS happened, is that it has been swept under the rug. Society now frowns upon this thinking, and political correctness to the extreme has taken hold. People don't speak as freely as they once did "back in the day" - but the feelings haven't changed. In a lot cases, racism is inherited. Parents talk about a certain race in a negative way, and children pick up on it - and I'm not just talking about white people. This occurs in every race - since the beginning of time I think. We never really hear about it unless they act out in some cowardly fashion - for example what happened with this family that moved and the news media reports on it. Here's the thing, people have a right to believe what they want to believe - no matter how archaic or ignorant their beliefs are (as expressed in some of the comments on this blog). People do have a RESPONSIBILITY to treat everyone with RESPECT - no matter their race, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religion, on and on, etc... If you don't like someone just don't associate with them. If they move to a neighborhood you live in and you don't like it - MOVE. There are plenty of other places to live. Leave them alone and I assure you they will leave you alone. It is unrealistic to teach our children that everyone is going to like them and you HAVE to like everyone - its not realistic, and you are setting them up for issues later. You should teach them, however, that they SHOULD treat others based on their character, and nothing else. In reference to the increase in hate crimes, and I think crimes in general is that our economy is bad, our future is uncertain, and people are acting out because they are afraid - rationally or irrationally. Do I think this family is exaggerating their experience? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Do I believe they believe they were racially targeted - yes and I support them for taking the steps to protect their family. No one should criticize them talking steps to protect themselves and their children, wether they are law enforcement or not. BUT I am not sure there is enough information from this article to support that the attacks were racially motivated. Even if they were racially targeted, it DOES NOT mean the entire City of Yorba Linda had it in for this family. Anyway, that being said. I hope EVERYONE has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones where ever they are.