- - Tuesday, July 21, 2020

While every nationality has suffered some form of discrimination, racial intolerance of Black Americans has been particularly bad. After centuries of slavery, the institution was abolished — but it perpetuated institutionalized racism on a population struggling to gain a sense of normal family life and values while remaining mostly in perpetual poverty. This is a societal problem, not just a problem among police officers.

The George Floyd incident is disgusting, to say the least, but the perpetrators were arrested and are being prosecuted. Multiple shootings and slayings of Black Americans still occur weekly in many poor neighborhoods throughout the country. Because of people such as Martin Luther King Jr., things are better than they were in the ‘60s, when atrocities were quietly condoned and segregation still reigned throughout the South.

Judging an entire race by the actions of a few does not make sense. Police officers should not be targets for bait and video ambushes.

Further, enforcing our long-standing, duly constituted immigration laws — which emulate similar laws in virtually all civilized nations — is not racist policy. Political leaders advocating anarchy and mob rule is the last thing this country and poor, urban neighborhoods need. Without law and order, there can never be freedom, equality or prosperity.

LOUIS L. BOEHM



Orchard Park, N.Y.

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