The gated community is a material expression of a society devoted to providing extravagant luxury for a few at the cost of decent lives for all.
The gated community emerges as we abandon our concern for the society as a whole. We grow tired of paying taxes for public streets, public parks, public schools. Those who can, retreat behind private gates, pay private guards, and send their children to private schools. But the rest of the world fails to disappear.
The gated community is not simply a symbol, but a generator of fear and hatred. There is no better method for the manufacture of fear and hatred than segregation.
The gated community killed Trayvon Martin.