To The Daily Sun,
I felt it necessary to express my disgust over the publishing of a distasteful cartoon in The Daily Sun on Thursday, July 14.
The cartoon portrayed an African-American man telling his young son to "keep hands visible on the steering wheel and cooperate." The child was sitting in a toy car. If this was an attempt at humor or social commentary, it failed miserably.
Furthermore, it simply served to perpetuate the myth that police officers are unilaterally attacking young black men. It is unfortunate that much of the news media continues to push many falsehoods surrounding a very small number of incidents and helps breathe life into hate groups such as Black Lives Matter.
The media continues to allow false information and conclusions not based on facts to be widely disseminated and simply helps fan the fires of racial animosity. Apparently The Daily Sun has jumped on that bandwagon. Given that as I write this, the City of Dallas has yet to finish burying two of its five police officers assassinated last week simply because they wore a police uniform, I am especially repulsed by the timing here.
Of course, the First Amendment provides that the artist can create this kind of drivel and The Sun is free to publish it. But, please remember that police officers have died defending that right, as five of them did in Dallas last week.
Belknap County Sheriff
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