Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Of Course There Are Still Racial Barriers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Of Course There Are Still Racial Barriers

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My head almost exploded when I read the following statement in Ruth Ann Dailey's Dec. 1 column ("A Prayer for Ferguson, USA"): "There are no barriers anymore to those of any race or ethnicity who want to strive and rise."

Where do I begin?

How about the barrier of being dead? An extensive study by ProPublica found that black kids between the ages of 15 and 19 are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by cops than white kids of the same age. That's per capita, not total.

Or how about the lack of education? Less than 50 percent of black children have a full range of math and science courses in their schools. And a black child is three times more likely to be expelled than a white child.

Or what about being imprisoned as a barrier? Forty-four percent of the prison population is black, while blacks account for only 12 percent of the total population.

I could go on and on with facts and statistics, but sadly people only believe what they want. Yet I truly cannot believe that sane people believe there are no racial barriers, prejudice or discrimination!

Commentaries such as this one add to the problem; they do not help. Pull your head out of the sand, Ms. Dailey!



Racial stereotypes

I have been following and reading the media's labeling of people who misuse firearms. Why is it that when a white man shoots people dead he is considered mentally disturbed but when a black man does it he is a thug? It always seems the white perpetrators are treated more compassionately than black ones.

We are not in a post-racial America. It only takes a Ferguson, Mo.-type decision to bring out racial tensions that are thinly concealed.



A form of advertising

Regarding the controversy over the St. Louis Rams players' Ferguson "statement" (making the "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture): To fine or not to fine, to discipline or not to discipline ("No Discipline for St. Louis Protest," Dec. 2 Sports). No matter what side you are on, what the five players did, in essence, was to stage their own free commercial on national television.

Think about it. …

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