time to remove Randi Thompson's column. Her latest screed "'Black
lives matter' implies other lives don't'" was an appalling
compilation of distortions and inanities.
The low-hanging fruit:
No, President Obama did not honor Whitney Houston
instead of Chris Kyle. A quick snopes.com
check would have corrected that Rush Limbaugh-created lie.
did demand New Jersey's flags fly at half-staff. Representatives
were sent to funerals during riots, not because of skin color.
People of color are
disproportionately stopped, harassed, imprisoned and sometimes
killed by the police. This is what four decades of "tough
of crime" policing looks like. This is such a problem that
The Guardian, a respected British newspaper, has an ongoing
investigation called "The Counted."
Unarmed black men are
being killed at a disproportionate rate (30.1% compared to19%
whites, 25% Latino and something horrific like 28% of indigenous
people. The Guardian doesn't count them separately.)
"Black Lives Matter"
is not a threat to white people or to cops. It's an appeal to
stop allowing this awful disparity in justice.
This is America, not
apartheid South Africa. Let's apply equal justice to ALL people.
letter to the editor, 29 Oct. 2015, page 4A
up with pop references: Completing compelling commentary upon
which has been imposed a word-limit straitjacket >
Whitney Houston (1963-2012) was an African-American superstar
singer who starred with Kevin Costner in the 1992 hit film
"The Bodyguard," for which she sang and made a megahit
of Dolly Parton's "I will always love you."
Chris Kyle (1974-2013)
was a U.S. Navy SEAL murdered at a Texas gun range by a troubled
colleague suffering from PTSD who is now serving life in prison.
Kyle was the subject of the 2014 major Hollywood film "American
Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint
is a nationally-syndicated talk radio host whose misogyny and
bigotry have made him a millionaire many times over.
is the Republican governor of New Jersey.
began its database on police-involved homicides after viewing
D. Brian Burghart's
groundbreaking research in the Reno News & Review,
for which he and his colleagues received the Reno-Sparks NAACP's
highest honor, the Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights
Advocacy Award at the Branch's 70th
Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on 24 Oct. 2015.