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December 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ferguson protests: The real issue is poverty

The editorial decrying the violence and vandalism of Seattle protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo., is absolutely correct as far as it goes, which is unfortunately not nearly far enough [“Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good,” Opinion, Dec. 3].

Yes, this is about Ferguson. Yes, it is about police brutality seriously under-corrected. And there is no doubt that it is about racism both in law enforcement and across America generally. But these are not our problems. They are the symptoms of them.

Every day, more Americans are added to the lists of the poor, and those already poor get poorer. The focus is on racial minorities because they get the worst of it, but we are all captive of a wealthy class that gets wealthier every day out of the pockets of this growing army of the rest of us. They take from us at will and under the aegis of a government that they finance and control. They lie to us with impunity and get away with it because their lies are the only voice that we hear.

Except in the streets filled with people getting poorer and poorer and angrier and angrier. That’s what’s going on in the streets and it will get worse.

Harold R. Pettus, Everett

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