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“Hard to See”: A story of sex offenders takes center stage

“America is Hard to See” is a play based on the lives of Pahokee residents – Aupperlee, her family, and the hundreds of registered sex offenders who live in the town. The script is based on verbatim transcriptions of interviews and news reports about the place, including a 2015 story by First Coast News. Full Article

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  1. Rick

    I don’t think there ever was the kind of America people who support registries purport to have existed T, ever did. The America I grew up in was racist, violent, ignorant, and downright hypocritical. Yea, there were a very few who appeared understanding, accepting, until their true selves were exposed. Our species is truly messed up and time doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference.

    In this article it is claimed the pastor provides forgiveness, hmm, that’s a concept a majority of people couldn’t even begin to understand, much less apply. Tolerance is all that is needed, and a hope that whatever caused a person to commit a crime has been satiated, and it won’t happen again. Since we all accept the premise that anyone, and literally everyone commits a crime or crimes in their lifetime for any reason we can think of.

    For a lot of people who do get caught and convicted, punishment is enough. Some fall prey to the circumstances they return to after punishment, and some just can’t stop because it’s an inseparable part of them, through pathological or style of life needs.

    But it is important to teach acceptance, tolerance, equality, rather than to teach hatred, discrimination, and lawlessness. And plays or media events like this help to get that message across. It’s difficult to get over prejudices and fears, but it can be done. No one expects not to encounter fear and prejudice in their lives, everyone just wants it to be kept to a minimum, and through incidental causes rather than at a societal level. Remember, the person living with whatever he/she has done won’t forget, and don’t need anyone else to remind them.

    When I walk around now I look at people and wonder what have they done to someone during their lives, and then I realize what we all have in common, a need to feel wanted and tolerance from everyone. It’s too bad we can’t have people who support registries to be publicly posted and see what it’s like to be isolated, discriminated against legally, and harrassed, I know they would not like it at all. Oh well, just another dream like the America that never really existed to begin with.

  2. Rick

    I guess I’m right, no counter arguments to my post.

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