Ghetto Birds, Browning, and White flight
Rambling thoughts. Nothing of substance really.
Last night as I was driving home from an event at church I noticed a 'ghetto bird'(for those that don't know...it is a police helicopter normally used in urban areas to keep up with a fleeing suspect) flying over my development. It's been while since I saw one. I have memories as a teenager of seeing crack heads, drug dealers, and young black men being chased down by that glaring beam of light. My first thought was a bit nostalgic. Thinking to myself, "I remember those days." But my wife called on the cell. She got a call from the neighbor informing her, with a very concerned voice, about the police helicopter hovering over the development. She asked me if I was in the development yet and to check to make sure all my doors were locked. She was going through the house ensuring all the doors were locked. Mind you, my community is in the Suburbs, but with a slight twist. We live in the most diverse community in Charlotte. Both economically and culturally. The range of incomes go from those on section 8 to people living in $500,000 homes. Its a trip really. In my development right across the street is a group home for at-risk youth. But just down the street there are people driving jaguars, benzos, and bmw's. Anyways, the thought occurred to me how some people in the community may see this as a sign to begin 'flight'. I didn't notice this before until last night but there have been a growing number of "for sale" signs all over the development. Its a trip really. My development is going through a 'browning' process and also a 'white flight' process as well. And the churches here don't help either. Although my community is pretty diverse ethnically and economically the churches here don't reflect that. What would happen if Churches in my community came together and fellowshipped across ethnic and economic lines on a regular basis. Would that even change some of these dynamics I am witnessing?