Blacks and whites live in two different Americas

Blacks and whites live in two different Americas:  Blacks say police treat white people as privileged over blacks and latinos.  Whites say police are trusted, whereas blacks and latinos generally distrust police. Blacks say police justify a level of excessive force used on blacks and latinos that they would never use on white people.  Whites say excessive force is necessary to protect the police themselves, as well as the public.  Blacks say police go out of their way to apply excessive force to blacks and latinos instead of considering reasonable alternatives. Blacks say police are trained to act quickly rather than smartly which results in too many mistakes, which in turn end up easily excused because police officers are used to judge police training. Blacks are so-often victims they consider police training: “lawful but awful.” Whites say they want police to provide law and order. Blacks say they want justice. Blacks say they live in a cultural concentration camp where they must train their children to dress and act in such a way as to avoid police profiling, while whites teach their children that police protect them against blacks and latinos. Blacks say that police tactics should not be military style, quick acting, but work to find ways to slow down and find alternative less lethal ways to resolution. Blacks say whites approve of police and their current tactics because the threat to whites is more important than the mistreatment of blacks. The death of a policeman is front-page important, while the death of a black child or black young man, if noticed at all, is relegated to the back pages. Blacks are 14% of the population, 40% homicides, and stopped and searched 20X whites. Police see more black violence and believe blacks have tendency to violence. Whites don’t stop to think that confinement to a ghetto and daily disrespect of skin color creates tendency to violence. Whites won’t sell houses to blacks, hire blacks last, fire blacks first, offer blacks least pay, poorest schools, least opportunities, and then have the gall to blame blacks for not trying hard enough. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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