To the Editor:
I guess I first must apologize for being white so you will publish this letter. Maybe I am the only one who has not been subject to police brutality. I do not understand the protests against police brutality. I have generally witnessed police doing their jobs in a lawful and ethical manner.
I guess I do not know what apparently all the protesters know about police brutality. Sure I have heard of the Rodney King and a few other terrible insidences (sic) by police and now the terrible murder of George Floyd, but surely their (sic) must be millions upon millions of times the police perform admirably.
What I am asking is that if there is really a reason for the amount of protests happening in so many cities by so many, why do I not know of what must be continuous abuses of power by police? If there are really hundreds of bad police, why hasn't the media reported on those hundreds of bad police persons and departments? Where are they reported if in fact they happen by the hundreds, thousands, any large number that would even begin to justify the continued protests?
To the Editor:
History tells us that when leaders fail to represent the people they were elected to represent, the people will begin to represent themselves in various ways.
We see this now as people in unprecedented numbers have taken to the streets all across our country expressing outrage at the continuing injustices to Black Americans. Outrage as yet to be expressed with meaningful actions for improvement at every level of government by our leaders.
We don’t overthrow governments here — may we never do — but we do vote them out. We can do this in November.
We must do it to reclaim our precious democracy. But recent rumblings by Trump seem to indicate the stage is being set for somehow delaying elections due to the COVID-19 virus — questioning the legality of mail-in ballots and other measures to alter the voting process. Our representatives can’t let this happen; we can’t let this happen.
During the Civil War, some advised Lincoln that elections should not be held. His response says it all: “We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.”