Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 31, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Self-policing as a person of color

Columnist ignored real problem

I agree with everything Professor Adamson wrote about self-policing by nonwhites. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.]

However, his column was comparable to complaining about being uncomfortable because of being overweight, but ignoring the real problem by thinking of yourself as the thin man.

Black and white leaders are doing nothing to address the fact that our whole youth culture is imitating the social structures of prison and street gangs.

Our media and entertainment industry glorify that culture. When our kids look and act like thugs, they are at extreme risk of engaging in conduct that will make everyone wary of them. Police officers and everyone else would be foolish to ignore the demographic of the people they must engage.

Adamson could become a problem-solving leader if he would start writing about what will motivate our youth to emulate legitimate leaders, instead of criminals.

Stan Walker, Freeland, Island County

0 Comments | More in Politics | Topics: media, profiling, race

COMMENTS

READER NOTE: Our commenting system has changed. Find out more.

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►