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Re: “Arming teachers will trigger fear,” by Tremayne B. Smith, Monday:
Tremayne Smith starts off by telling us he speaks from experience because he’s an African-American and a former educator and saw how some of his colleagues were warier of a “Keisha” or more threatened by a “Lamar,” yet more tolerant of a “Chase” or a “Beth.”
So, as you say, let’s call a spade a spade. Check the rogues’ gallery on the back of the sports section on Saturdays. Almost every week it’s 90 percent African-American. Why is that? Seems a lot of people think crime is easier and pays better than getting a job and being an upright citizen, and they don’t seem to care who they hurt.
It starts in the schools and these young kids don’t have fathers or family to give them guidance. Don Lemon in a commentary on CNN said, “more than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock.”
You go on to say we have a problem with the only group armed at the will of the state — police officers who are responsible for the killing of too many unarmed, innocent young black men who are perceived as a threat.
Mr. Smith, check out “Cops” or “Live PD” on TV and see what police officers, both black and white, go through on a daily basis. It’s one thing to be a well-trained officer, it’s another to want to go home to your family at the end of your shift and being continually challenged by punks who won’t respond to your directions. When a police officer tells you to do something, do it! End of problem.
Mr. Smith, you failed to mention the much greater number of black men killed by black men — why is that? Possibly it would diminish your argument. Why is it OK for some African-Americans to burn, pillage and loot businesses when something doesn’t go their way?
Finally, you say arming teachers will make them afraid. It might do that to you, so we won’t arm you, but how about the coach who charged in with no gun? There are lots of teachers who would be willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the kids safe. God bless them.