This is in regard to the “Black Lives Matter” protests. To preface my remarks, I was born in 1937. I grew up in northeastern New Jersey in the 1940s and ’50s in integrated schools. A black student was the vice president of our senior class in high school. Never had a racial problem.
After I graduated from high school, my dad got transferred to Memphis, Tennessee. I ended up at the University of Mississippi in 1957 in the segregated South (total culture shock!). I talked up integration a lot and eventually got a visit from the White Citizens Council (the college arm of the Ku Klux Klan), who told me to “cool it” on the “integration talk.”
I didn’t. I don’t consider myself prejudiced against blacks. I have a question for the Black Lives Matter protesters. Last year in Chicago, there were 2,587 shootings. So far this year, 2,712. Now not all of these shootings resulted in homicides. But 80% of the homicides were blacks; 69.7 of the identified shooters were black.
So, if Black Lives Matter, where are these protestors when blacks shoot blacks? Why aren’t they out marching in their own neighborhoods every time one black shoots another?
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Jim King, Visalia