Reference the Aug. 15 Viewpoints, “Where’s the outrage?” I’m afraid the only outrages heard by Sloan Oliver are the ones from the press. If you want to hear more outrage from the black communities, visit their town halls, schools and churches. Otherwise, you’re only going to hear the outrage from the press.
You don’t think we’re outraged? We are outraged that in Ferguson only three of the 53 policemen are black, while blacks make up about 60 percent of the population. We are outraged that 45 percent of black children live below the poverty line, compared to 16 percent of white children. We are outraged that the net worth of a black family in America is $6,100 versus $67,000 for a white family. We are outraged that blacks account for only 12 percent of the U.S. population but 44 percent of all inmates in prisons. I could go on, but we don’t “only care about blacks being killed when the person doing the killing is not black.”
All killings affect us. It doesn’t matter who’s doing the killing. We all are outraged and I hope you are too.
-- Ernest Stripling
I have noticed many of the regular Viewpoints posters and Opinion page writers appear to be afflicted by the same condition. The Urban Dictionary defines the term, “Obama Derangement Syndrome”:
“The acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the statements -- nay -- the very existence of Barack Obama.”
-- Carl Pirkle
The shooting in Ferguson Missouri, of the 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman, that is to protect the people and community from harm.
If the witnesses who saw the murder are telling the truth, the victim was fatally harmed by an officer of the law while his hands were up in the air. Simply, the victim was executed.
To add more injury to harm, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the officer who murdered the victim. Flip the above true scenario around to a hypothetical situation: If a black police officer in Ferguson committed the above crime, shot and killed an unarmed white 18-year-old with his hands in the air, it is my belief the black police officer would now be in custody and the police department would be separating itself from this criminal act rather than trying to justify it.
In America, we are not living in a dictatorship, we are living in a democracy. Everyone has the right to due process. Michael Brown (the victim) was deprived of that right when the Ferguson police officer shot and killed him with his hands up in the air.
-- Alfred Waddell
West Barnstable, Mass.
‘First quality of leadership’
In his 1910 “Citizenship in a Republic” speech, Theodore Roosevelt says “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” Like him or not, Teddy was a leader.
Today, most of our national representatives are not leaders, but merely sound-bites with deep pocketed supporters. They don’t spend their time trying to illuminate issues for the voters or explaining why their plans are best.
They spend their time and vast amounts of money making ad hominem attacks on their opponents. Most attacks are so froth with innuendo, and so vague, that we never actually understand why the accusations are bad for us. We simply walk away with the impression of some wrongdoing. The voters are largely to blame for this lowest-common-denominator approach because we respond favorably to it.
Thus far, Michelle Nunn’s campaign has consisted of her stating what she wants to do, why and how. I agree with some things, and am skeptical about others, but I have yet to hear or see a negative ad in her campaign. I’m certain she will be tempted at some point to climb into the gutter. If she resists this temptation, she will have at least one vote. Because if she resists that temptation she will have exhibited the first quality of leadership: character.
-- Tim Talcott Sr.
Being ex-military I was disappointed when they said, OK we can have open homosexuals in the military. I was reading in the paper where the military is now saying it is OK to wear these weird hairdos while on active duty. Where did everyone’s pride go? What’s next, will they be able to wear their head gear backwards? Will they be able to wear their fatigues, dress uniforms and combat gear down around their butts? The military will probably furnish camouflage hoodies. I’m not proud anymore.
-- Carl Lewis
The published picture of those feral thugs with their britches hanging below their skivvies while looting the convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri, which Michael Brown was seen robbing, are really showing their true nature.
-- Dan Topolewski
Didn’t start it
David B. Conner’s letter condemned the Jews because they killed more people in Gaza than were killed in Israel. In the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese they killed several thousand of our men. Our atomic bomb and fire bombs killed more than a million Japanese.
Does that make us more evil than the radicals in Gaza? Go to Israel before you condemn the Jews. Remember the Jews have had several thousand rockets shot at their people. The Jews did not start the war.
-- Brian T. Reid Sr.