Solve vi­o­lence in city

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I watched Asa Hutchin­son’s pre­sen­ta­tion of his “task force” that’s gonna solve the vi­o­lence prob­lem. I looked in vain for black folks in Asa’s group of speak­ers. Chief Buck­ner was at a fu­neral. That ac­counts for one. No other black folks were in the line of speak­ers and none vis­i­ble in the au­di­ence.

At 77 with a de­cent mem­ory, I re­call the school in­te­gra­tion mess. The black folks were in­formed by the whites in power what they were go­ing to get, what to ex­pect from whom. They were given to know if we wanted you black folks’ opin­ion, wishes, needs, or any­thing else, we’d have asked for it, so keep in your place and don’t get “up­pity.”

And we’ve been in court ever since. Want sev­eral more years of be­ing in court be­cause the cham­ber and the caudillo and his echo cham­ber in charge are do­ing it all over again? Keep up the present ap­proach to the vi­o­lence prob­lem among black folks and you’ll get it. Un­til you ask for their help, co­op­er­a­tion and full par­tic­i­pa­tion, you are bark­ing up the wrong tree. With­out it, you haven’t a ghost of a chance.

Get off your damned high horse, swal­low your pride and ask for their help. At­ti­tude from both sides is the key. KARL HANSEN Hens­ley

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