In the news lately we have been inundated with cop killings, Black Lives Matter, gun control, Muslim terrorists, and all sorts of race baiting, name calling, back stabbing, as well as religious terrorism.

In the news lately we have been inundated with cop killings, Black Lives Matter, gun control, Muslim terrorists, and all sorts of race baiting, name calling, back stabbing, as well as religious terrorism.

Think about this: when a shark attacks a swimmer all sharks are suspected bad by swimmers. When a bear attacks a hiker, all bears are suspect. When wolves kill an elk, all wolf packs are the enemy of elk hunters.

Point is, profiling is human nature, whether it is human or animal doing the crime. And guess what? Political correctness is out of control.

Let’s put it this way: if you dress like, worship like, or act like the one doing the crime, others are going to look at you like you are possibly the next person to make the news. Human nature is going to be hard to overcome for a cop who sees someone walking, talking, dressing, and looking over their shoulder like the cop is watching them, not to see that person as suspicious.

This goes not only for blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, gays, dopers, homeless, whites, male or female. If you don’t want to be profiled, don’t put yourself in a position to be. We are not trying to eliminate individuality, but if you are acting like a duck, walking like a duck, quacking like a duck, guess what? Most people will think you are a duck.

When it comes to being stopped by the police, remember: if you make others uncomfortable when they are in your presence, then the police will feel the same way. If you act suspicious, they too will be suspicious of you. I know that everyone has been told when stopped by the police to do what they say, and the incident won’t escalate, but even the best cop may rub an innocent person the wrong way. Law enforcement is trained to understand that, but some of them may be having a bad a day and be in no mood for guff; they are human.

Race baiting by groups such as the Black Panthers, ISIS, the KKK, and any other group that has race as their agenda is counterproductive to the end we all desire.

My personal experience came as a freshman at Sterling College. My first roommate showed up about three days after I arrived but was a member of the tennis team, which I hoped to join myself. Lucky was a black student from outside Baltimore and was to be in his sophomore year. He was an honor student and well-liked by all on campus. Our room was designed for a quad occupancy, but two of the guys didn’t show up, so for a week we had it to ourselves. We got along great and when he asked if a friend of his who was rooming alone could move in, and we had plenty of room, I said that would be fine with me.

Edgar was another black student from St. Louis. He had a black belt in karate and was a really good guy as well.

We came to the week in school that was called Black Culture week. The night before a chapel that was to be done by the new Black Culture Organization, we had a late-night knock on the door, and in came four Black Panthers. These guys in one night changed the way Lucky and Edgar acted toward all white people on campus for the rest of their college days. No one slept that night as these guys preached hate and discontent, protest, violence, and absolute total racism toward all white people, including the one in the bedroom trying to get enough sleep for a Physics exam at 7:45 the next morning.

The Panthers did the chapel that next day using language that was deplorable, not to mention that it was used at a time reserved for worship. They passed out literature defining their plight and mission and ended the chapel with, “If you are with us, we love you and if not, f— you.”

That day changed the whole black-white relationships on campus, and not for the better. Suddenly it was blacks against the whites, in that order.

Some forms of protest can be productive, but when done in that way, this was a display of hatred and militancy that no one in the auditorium will ever forget, black or white. I was told in no uncertain terms that I should find another room, that I just didn’t fit in there anymore.

My point is, be careful how, where, when and with what kind of frame of mind you present your protest. It can be misconstrued and very counter productive. I had a black man as a boss in my first job, had many great friends over the years who were and are black, and I have no reason to dislike any one until they give good reason. The problem for all comes, as I said at the top of the page: when a shark attacks one swimmer, all sharks are feared and are villains.

How does a group that thinks they are targeted take the target off their back?

Don’t be a shark, a pack of wolves, or a rogue anything. Do good every day. Don’t isolate yourself by having only friends and interactions with people who look like you.

One thing that I have noticed in the past few years is a lack of community servants. Our service organizations are hurting for membership, and we all need to step up and take part, including those who feel targeted. Join the Lyons, Kiwanis, Rotary, Optimists, Willing Workers, volunteer at Habitat for Humanity houses; find a way to be included in something that allows you to be visible to others doing something good. If you are in a tough neighborhood, start a neighborhood watch group and make a difference. Our fraternal organizations are loosing membership and they are a great place to meet and interact with members as well as make new friends and contacts.

If you do good things, good things will happen. Join an admired group and be actively involved. If you want to lose the profile of being discriminated against, don’t discriminate. There is almost no club, society, church, fraternal organization, union, or service society that will not welcome with open arms a person who comes to them with good intentions, willingness to take part, and a smile on their face.

We who are members of said organizations need to open our mouths up and ask others to join us. If we are to stem this mass movement to the dark side and change its course, we all have to realize that the target is on the back of all Americans, and we have the power to change the world one new friend at a time.

It does require that we get out of our comfort zone. We must realize that we will be rejected by many, but that rejection was not the person we were looking for. The next person we encounter may be the one that will drive the bus.

By the way, Lucky and I played together on the tennis team as good teammates the next spring.

Bobbie Hulse is a McPherson resident.