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Media complicit in U.S. violence?

On the front page of a recent TFP was a photo of an unmasked protest leader, Jamar Johnson, followed by mostly unmasked protesters shouting hatred toward police and others. He is presented as a hero.

On the front page of the next day's was a photo of unmasked police attempting to bring calm and protect lives and improperly masked demonstrators. The article is criticizing the police (who usually wear Plexiglas shields) for "endangering lives." It is the protesters who are endangering lives.

Again, in siding with the lawless, our newspaper is joining the one-sided national media and holds major responsibility for the murder in recent days of several police officers, the vandalism, looting and burning down of innocent business and the causing enormous financial cost.

All these demonstrations will not bring back the life of George Floyd. The officers involved are being held for murder. What else do you want?

Jeff Wilson

Ooltewah

 

Yes, shooting could have been prevented

In response to the article on page B5 of Tuesday's paper, "Could this latest police shooting in Atlanta have been prevented?" Certainly, with different actions on both parties! First, one does not resist arrest nor struggle with police and take the taser or gun. One just adds to the charges. Nearly every one, if not all, of the shootings of African Americans over the last several years were easily preventable; they should not have happened, regardless of any offense with which the subject may have been charged. The subject should not resist arrest or struggle with the police; they would all be alive today! On the police's part, it is seldom necessary to shoot to kill. If it is necessary to shoot, then shoot to maim and save the suspect's life. He can be brought to justice in a court of law if necessary and still be alive. None of these subjects committed a crime worthy of a shoot-to-kill action.

Johnny Parks

Ringgold, Georgia

 

Police killings of blacks on rise

I am responding to a recent letter to the editor. I was surprised and saddened the letter writer didn't realize his own data proved without a doubt that more blacks are killed by the police in the United States, despite his conviction such data are an "urban myth."

The letter-writer seems to fail to understand that according to the last U.S. Census, 12.1% of the U.S. population is African American (including multiracial blacks), while the non-Hispanic white population is 60.4%, which means the African Americans he gives figures for are being killed in greater numbers proportionately than whites, and that the number is increasing slightly. Whereas in 2017, using his figures, 36.9% of unarmed African Americans were killed, or more than three times their number in the U.S. population, last year 38.5% of unarmed African Americans were killed, indicating a slight increase.

The killing of any unarmed individual by the police is, of course, a tragedy, but the letter-writer's evidence proves blacks are disproportionately the victims.

Pat Heck

Sewanee

 

Those with no white privilege are doomed

Two recent news stories perfectly encapsulate white privilege in America. The first is of Sean Monterrosa, the son of Argentine immigrants, from Vallejo, California. He was outside a Walgreens, where police were called to investigate reports of looting. When they responded to the scene, Monterrosa dropped to his knees and began to put his hands up; the responding officer shot him five times. Officials stated the officer believed a hammer in Monterrosa's sweatshirt pocket was a gun.

The second story is of Kevin Leko, a white man, who was arrested for possession of a loaded AK-47 rifle, two handguns, a revolver, and a broken down PA-224, with loaded magazines, at the scene of recent protests in Chattanooga. Leko was arrested at the scene, taken into custody and released on bond.

White privilege in America is staying alive while being arrested for assault weapons possession. Those without white privilege are doomed to die in the streets, shot down while surrendering, because the imaginary weapons they don't have are perceived as a threat. Leko stated the demonstrations against police brutality made him feel "anxious." One wonders what Monterrosa felt as he lay dying from actual police brutality.

Elizabeth Held

Hixson

 

No love for blacks, Sen. Blackburn?

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, as our country is burning, you, our elected protector, have professed more concern over property than people. You vehemently call for the firm hand of the law to quell protesters. Yet, no sympathy for the cause. Is merchandise more valuable to you than the safety of black citizens? You disregard the suffering of blacks and further condemn them, reaffirming their greatest fear ... no one cares about black America.

We are in a fight for our lives! If hearing a grown man cry for his mother can't elicit empathy from you, what would? Is the risk of disrupting your white privilege too much too bear? The entire black experience in this country has been a casualty of white comfort. Throughout history we are asked to be kind to our killers. The black plight in America is an assault on all fronts — our health, education and economic standing are all exponentially degraded compared to our white counterparts. Policymakers continually fail us. You quote Scripture. You fight for the lives of the unborn. Where is your Christian love for your black brothers and sisters? Why haven't you defended their right to life?

Jackie Williams

 

Preserve Mocassin Bend's history; rename Alstom site development

As a native Chattanoogan, I have to express my disappointment that the developers of the old Alstom site plan to name their complex The Bend.

That is unfortunate, to say the least, and shameful to Chattanooga's rich history.

The Bend is across the river, as everyone should know, named by the Cherokees reflecting the moccasin-like shape the river makes below Lookout Mountain.

Please reconsider and come up with a more appropriate name.

Sally Scholze

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