but appreciate that this may be beyond most people
the reaction does say a lot about public preduice
I don't think that's fair. I think recoiling from criminals is a much more natural reaction than the woolly liberal one.
Also, I consider myself pretty left leaning in politics but one thing I hate about the left is how some try and act like those who don't agree are below their own intelligence or are not wordly enough to understand where the more liberal view might stem from. It's the sort of attitude that makes people retreat further into any right-wing views they might have rather than getting them to see whatever light you want them to see.