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Race relations

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Our president again decides not to lead. He made a vain attempt in some of his comments after the George Zimmerman trial, but failed, maybe by design.

Then comes the crew – Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Ms. Davis – all using the trial for personal gain. The culture from the 1960s to now has not changed much, but they say no violence if there is a guilty verdict. They were aware there would be. Did any black leader respond by saying that destruction and violence is wrong?


Blacks are generally safer in white neighborhoods than black neighborhoods. Whites are not generally safe in black neighborhoods. Profiling by both is a way of life. They fear each other for different reasons.

Next, it was implied that white female jurors did not do their job, but black jurors would. Black and white clergy should work to improve race relations, not make it worse as some did.

They judge the trial. They were not there. Do they have more facts than the jury? Will the black arm of the Justice Department be impartial, or will it be controlled by outside forces?

Fact: There are one or more black-on-black killings every day in Chicago, year after year. Where is the outrage?

Our clergy need to pray on their approach in handling race relations.

John Mayerhofer


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