I’ve just caught up with this New York times article about the killing of Trayvon Martin, which moves away from two-dimensional racism to pinpoint the cultural threat of privatisation that is summed up in ‘The Gated Community Mentality’:
‘The rise of “secure,” gated communities, private cops, private roads, private parks, private schools, private playgrounds — private, private, private — exacerbates biased treatment against the young, the colored and the presumably poor.’
I suppose I may seem like a socialist yahoo just for mentioning it, but I'm beginning to wonder how long before the tension between privatising policies and public need can hold? In London we're still mopping up after last summer's disturbances. Where and when will it snap next?