For years the thin blue line has been a symbol representing the notion that police officers stand as the barrier between good and evil, chaos and order. You could sometimes find the emblem on license plates and rear windows of automobiles, t-shirts, publications, profile photos and some forms of art. Now, you might find a small painted blue line on curbs as you walk around your neighborhood and it all started in our own backyard… San Antonio, TX.
Last week Anthony Welichko spray-painted a blue line on the curb in front of his home to send a message to local police officers. On Facebook Welichko wrote:
To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without support.
It’s an inspiring message that comes at a time where media has highlighted multiple incidents where officers were targeted and killed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Facebook post titled “The Safe Harbor Initiative” has been shared almost 82,000 times and is still gaining momentum through the week. However, as is common with the Internet, there are many who oppose the #SafeHarborInitiative.
— Lanett Stewart (@lanettstewart) September 18, 2015
— San Antonio Current (@SAcurrent) September 18, 2015
The thin blue line has appeared to be getting thinner over the last two years but this initiative spurred by social media might at least help officers feel safer and more appreciated for their work.