Tol­er­ance ex­ceeded

The Times-Tribune - - Editorial -

Edi­tor: I am dis­mayed by peo­ple, es­pe­cially mem­bers of a vet­er­ans group, who have de­cided what is, and what isn’t, the ap­pro­pri­ate way to ex­press our con­sti­tu­tional right to peace­ful protest.

Be­ing black in Amer­ica is noth­ing white peo­ple, in­clud­ing this writer, can truly un­der­stand. But I be­lieve in facts. I have white friends who adopted African-Amer­i­can boys. When the boys were old enough to go out­side to play, they had to be told that if a po­lice of­fi­cer stopped them they must get down, raise their hands and say yes sir. My sons’ color pro­tected them from such bias and pro­fil­ing.

Amer­ica’s black sons are dy­ing at the hands of white po­lice of­fi­cers, and videos tell the true sto­ries when it is with­out cause. How­ever, the of­fi­cers sim­ply tell a jury or judge that they “feared for their lives” and they of­ten are ac­quit­ted. Eric Gard­ner died in July 2014 at the hands of New York City of­fi­cers. He is heard say­ing that he could not breathe while in a choke­hold, but no one stopped un­til he died. All the of­fi­cers were ac­quit­ted. On April 12, 2015, Fred­die Gray of Mary­land was stopped for walk­ing while black. He was cuffed and placed into a po­lice van. When the van ar­rived at the book­ing area, af­ter an ap­par­ent “rough ride,” he was par­a­lyzed. He died on April 19, 2015. There were ac­quit­tals for all the po­lice in­volved.

Large pub­lic protests have changed noth­ing. How long would white Amer­ica tol­er­ate black of­fi­cers killing our sons with im­punity? What protest would Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and oth­ers find in­ap­pro­pri­ate then? SCRAN­TON and come out af­ter it is played.

The NFL should step in, fine the own­ers and play­ers and give the money to the Wounded War­rior Project. Then, the play­ers can leave the United States and play in Canada and Europe. SCRAN­TON

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