Sunday, May 8, 2016

If You See Something Say Something

She Said Something

What if the colleagues and residents of the San Bernardino, Ca. terrorists,  Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, said something to authorities when they suspected something wasn't quite right with their neighbors? The lives that would have been saved, had residents felt comfortable enough to speak up and not fear being labeled racists. 

Because no one spoke up prior to December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Now fast forward to last Thursday, May 5. A female passenger on board an American Airline flight from Philadelphia noticed something she deemed strange and reported it. 

She saw something, and she said something. 

She had no idea that the person sitting next to her was Guido Menzio, and Ivy League professor. Nor did she know the uproar her action of being a concerned citizen and speaking up after seeing something would cause. Yes, Mr. Menzio might have been inconvenienced along with other passengers on the  delayed plan, but the passenger who spoke up was concerned for her safety and theirs.

We are told not to blame the victims of a crime. Well,  nor she would blame a person for reporting what is thought to be something unusual or strange. What this passenger did took courage and guts. 

Thankfully her intuition was wrong, but what if it hadn't been?  It is easy to say she was wrong and naive, but better to be safe then not. These are no ordinary times and we must accept this fact and do our best to protect our citizens. 

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