To the Editor:
Re: Patricia Muldrow Roberts’ letter to the editor on Aug. 11 about “racial double standard.”
Ms. Roberts assumes the patrol officer who stopped Zimmerman is racist by stating he would have “definitely handled the situation differently and maybe even shot the driver had it been a black man.”
She also mentions, “The officer identifies Zimmerman as white but Zimmerman self identifies as Hispanic” implying, once again, the officer is racist and let him go because he thought he was white.
Fact is, people pulled over for speeding frequently receive warnings instead of tickets at the discretion of the officer. If you’re respectful, maintain a valid driver’s license, insurance, etc., as required by state law, have no outstanding warrants and show no resistance to their instructions and/or questioning, they sometimes give a warning.
I’m aware it’s difficult for some to believe it’s not always racial but, it has nothing to do with skin color. It has everything to do with actions.
Instead of never missing an opportunity to complain how oppressive it is living in the United States, acknowledge the real reason some are being “harassed” by police or what’s keeping them from getting a job or why people are judging them badly. It’s the gang they are hanging with. It’s their pants sagging so low their underwear is exposed. It’s the vulgar, insolent language they use when mimicking the likes of Jay Z. If they act like a “gangsta” and get “gangsta” tattoos, people will react as if they really are a “gangsta.”
I know it’s a harsh reality that there could be any reason other than race for the negative views, but our youth need to be told these actions are not going to get them anywhere but in trouble ... no matter what their skin color.
So, talk to your children. Tell them ... they are dying to know.