Last week a public meeting was held about the new parole office being opened in Gowanus, not too far from the Whole Foods. The office’s relocation was announced in July, many complaining that the process was kept secret for too long and demanding answers. To which I say: you actually aren’t entitled to even that. See, parolees are no longer in jail because they’ve served their time; they don’t owe you any more explanation for conducting their business in your neighborhood than you’d expect from anyone else.
According to DNAinfo, people were left "shocked and worried about their safety." "The sheer numbers of traffic — 40 [parolees] an hour and 400 day — is terrifying, really," said Freida Lim of the Eight Street Block Association. I'm not going to pretend there's even a possiblity she is merely concerned by the amount of people as a matter of infrastructure. We're not naive and we know what she means by "terrifying." This fear is not based on fact but pure stereotyping. To address it in a forum meant to discuss tangible issues is to grant legitimacy to another narrow minded way of marginalize a group of people because you don’t like them.