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