Hello Favoritestudios. I hear you. Since publishing this piece in late December 2020, I have heard from and been enlightened by many people — not just readers, like you, who responded, but also from my adult daughter who lives in Montclair (age 25); one of my nieces in Maine; and a close friend in town —that I am not aware of my own White privilege. That I have no idea how dangerous it is to call the police on a Black individual or Black family, because of so many possibly racially motivated/dangerous outcomes. I was not sensitive to that at the time. (I also have insights into police interactions here in Montclair that I do not choose to share here, which have been unfair to White people, too, but most likely not based on the color of their skin.) I thank you for alerting me, I do.

Sincerely, Alice

Magazine maven, craft coffee lover, legal guardian. Passionate about fashion and lipstick — though it may not look that way when I dash to the supermarket.