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December 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Ferguson protests: America has a history of racial double standards

The points explored by columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column “America needs to re-examine systemic racism after Ferguson shooting” [Opinion, Nov, 30] carry much weight in the discussions of the events in Ferguson, Mo.

Undoubtedly, racism is still prevalent in America. As examined by Pitts in his column, the conversation seems to turn into a discussion about “black on black crime.” However, this topic avoids the current issue at hand: America’s history of racial double standards.

The topic of “black on black crime” is used to evade the subject of institutional racism, which only furthers the oppression of African Americans. The denial of racism and the avoidance of topic is what is wrong with America. The coexistence of people of different ethnic backgrounds has presented challenges to Americans in the past and clearly continues today. Until justice is served, there will be no peace. The images of protestors around the country will continue to echo the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s as history repeats itself.

Czarina Manzano, Seattle

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