Growing mistrust. Resentment and feelings of no respect. Harsh words, increasing volatility and displays of anger.
Couples with serious difficulties in their relationships often have to turn to a cooling off period. A time of limited contact or even complete, but temporary, separation can provide an opportunity for learning about themselves and make reconciliation more possible.
We have reached this stage in many communities throughout the U.S. The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is just the most recent example.
The suggestion is this: For a select number of communities, not entire towns or cities, African-American leaders could decide to have a two-year period or so where their locale would be patrolled only by law enforcement of their race. A referendum may be too risky as it may set off another round of heightened emotions. Other mixed communities and cities would still maintain the normal racial ratio of those protecting their areas of responsibility.
If nothing else, this would “give peace a chance” as the 1960s liked to say. But it might also teach everyone, of all races, a lot about what works, what doesn’t and perhaps how we can get along as our nation’s founding fathers envisioned.
Our country is still The Great Experiment. To succeed, it must continue to evolve — cooperatively.