Attitudes on race need to be changed


I read your excellent editorial (An Advent call to racial justice) Dec. 11. It was one of the best.
All of the media, rightfully so, mentions the race issue, but never, ever mentions what precipitated each of the incidents. It is culture. It points up to the root causes. In the two publicized cases, an illegal action was in progress. The police showed up. The contempt for police and law and order fueled the conflict. Don’t place blame here because we allow millions of people to do the same. In the case of the man who died after police reportedly put him in a choke hold, many police were present and they strongly desired to show the perpetrator “who is boss.” They attacked and tried to throw the man to the ground so they could cuff him. Overreaction: I am sure that a little patience could have resulted in hand-cuffing without injury. Attitudes need to be changed.

James Schaefer

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