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James Veverka (12-14) 458 - Racism is a deep problem in many police departments

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To The Daily Sun,

Chuck McGee wanted more than one example of deep-seated racism but when faced with such examples, Mr. McGoo didn't like them. I told you that would happen. To people like Chuck, any news or statistic that contradicts their dogma is "fake." They simply can't help this defensive knee-jerk reaction while in the throes of their cognitive dissonance. With the people on the right, feelings, opinions, and ideological dogma trump facts. Go figure! He complains that I "took a long time to attempt to make a point" as if I could make a list short without proper sourcing. I gave him what he wanted and he whined. He says that I want people to "believe that law enforcement gets up every morning to target only specific group." Really? Nearly my entire letter was largely about the inherent racism in the judicial system; sentencing, not police conduct. I guess his reading comprehension level needs improvement. Pay attention, please.

He claims I want you to believe that "even though arrested people are presumed innocent and entitled to free representation, somehow the system is manipulated against minorities." Yes, I do want you to believe that and sentencing statistics support that in study after study. He also says, "James, do you think a business owner wouldn’t hire a minority if he or she were the most qualified for the job? Really? If you do, I doubt you ever had a business." How incredibly naive, anecdotal, and wet behind the ears. Living in his alternative universe, Chuck is unable to face reality. Now he wants more statistics. Okay. I have them and Chuck will not like them nor will he be able to counter them with anything more than his self-important expert "opinions" anchored in the alternate right-wing universe. I will leave him with one dandy until next time.

"Black males aged 15-34 were nine times (per 100) more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year (2016), according to data collected for The Counted, an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate (per 100) of young white men." (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/08/the-counted-police-killings-2016-young-black-men). Maybe Chuck would like an article titled "Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds" at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerome-karabel/police-killings-lynchings-capital-punishment_b_8462778.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black+Voices&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000047.

There are deep problems in police departments throughout the nation. People need to understand what implicit and unconscious racism is and how deadly it can be due to the militarization of police departments. Most departments and officers try their best — but for various reasons, there are those who should not wear the uniform. If Mr. McGee wants more statistics, I have them ready for him. Be careful of what you wish for.

James Veverka