Equal rights for all

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion -

The orig­i­nal mes­sage of black ath­letes tak­ing a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them was to high­light the so­ci­etal dam­age caused by po­lice se­lec­tively en­forc­ing the law against African-Amer­i­cans. The crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem does that, whether in­ten­tion­ally or not. Tak­ing a knee has been in­ter­preted as anti-flag and anti-Amer­i­can, both ac­cu­sa­tions easy to make, but mis­placed. Their is­sue was and is a con­sti­tu­tional right to equal pro­tec­tion un­der the law, and African-Amer­i­cans don’t have it yet.

John G. Chase, Palm Har­bor

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