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This comment was posted underneath an article today, and has only been amended to correct grammar:
So we (my hubby and I) live on the 3rd floor of our apartment building. Needless, to say we live in a very good neighborhood and not to diss any race but there are not many people of color in the area as whole and not in the apartment complex.
A “couple” of African-American descent moved in recently with a daughter this girl should be 14 years old at most. They live on the ground floor.
I was walking downstairs on my way to work when I heard people arguing, my Naija self slowed down. I am not about to get shot but I heard a man say, “So you gonna pull a knife on me?” you know I slowed down some more. Well, pretty much this little girl had pulled a knife on the guy because he was hitting her mum and to defend her mum she pulled a knife on the guy. Now I don’t know if this guy is her father but he told her cursing her out with the F-word over and over again to have pulled her knife on her mother that he hit the woman for a reason. This guy walks off, I think he is leaving but I leave enough space between this guy and me.
I walk to my car but I see this guy coming back going towards the house (you know he is not going back there for laughs and giggles). I am trying to report this anonymously but what gets me is my husband’s reaction. He believes I am taking it too seriously by reporting “something that is not by business”.
I don’t care that it is not my business it is obvious that this is not the first time this is happening and I don’t want to wait till someone gets killed before doing something. I know our Naija mentality just wants to sit back and do nothing but I can’t. Many people die because neighbors have refused to do anything.
BN Readers, should she call the police?
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