In the wake of the tragic deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Dallas, Texas, people of all races, backgrounds and ages came together to voice their concerns and march seven miles from Fresno to Clovis.
The disparaging remarks and condemnation of the protesters is very disheartening. We should all care enough to stand up and express outrage at these unjust deaths. Ever since the death of Trayvon Martin, we have started a new journey of greater awareness of racial bias in our criminal justice system.
Instead of negotiating in good faith with the protesters, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has threatened them with charges after the march. Were Dyer really concerned about enacting solutions, he might consider introducing anti-bias training, hiring more officers to reflect the racial-ethnic diversity of Fresno, hiring more female officers, and implementing more transparency in his own department, especially in relation to use of force.
Unless we are willing to consider new opinions and new solutions, we can’t even begin to make real progress. Instead of considering protests as the “new normal,” perhaps we should start taking concrete action to reduce racial bias and inequality.
Meta Schettler, Fresno