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    • If someone who has not done violence to another person's body nor threatened to do so but is suspected of having committed a "non-violent" crime is "getting away" is it appropriate to use a deadly weapon to stop that person from getting away?

      Police have been known to shoot an unarmed person simply because they would not halt but were seeking to run away. Is that right?

      In Georgia, a man was apparently shot (not by the police) because he was running. No one was apparently pursuing him when he first started running. There are many reasons why a person decides to run and we will never know why he was running because he was killed before he could tell his side of the story.

      But now, there is a similar thing going on but metaphorically. Two men are already judged and found guilty by a large number of people. Although it is hard for me to imagine a scenario in which the judicial system would not eventually find them guilty, I believe that it is just as wrong for us to prejudge them as it was for them if they prejudged the man who died.

      Both approaches to "law enforcement" (if it can even be called that) are lynch mob approaches to "justice."

      "He that gives answer before he hears, It is folly and shame unto him."

      "He that pleads his cause … just; But his neighbor comes and searches him out." Meaning: The first one to present a case sounds as if he is right until his neighbor comes and cross examines him.

    • Having grown up in a 99% black area of Oakland and having all my friends be black except for one Japanese boy, everyone knew how dangerous it was to be around white people. We never went to white areas of the city and if we did have to interact with white store owners or police, I was the one in our group who did it so we didn’t have to deal with scary ragey white people, because they rarely raged at me (being white).

      My wife grew up in Utah and when I told her these stories, she had trouble relating because it was outside her realm of experience. But then we ran geophysical seismic crews together throughout the South and our crews had many blacks. She could not believe what she was seeing. It has affected her ever since, like my years in Oakland did to me.

      Watch the Central Park Five documentary to wound your soul forever.

    • When I was a child (born in 1958) my parents taught us that racism was a sin against God because God created all humans and loved all humans equally. Naively, I thought only white people were racists until the first day of the second half of seventh grade. My family had moved to a different city between semesters.

      Prior to that I had lived in a neighborhood that had a lot of black families. I had collected used newspapers to take to the junk yard for cash. I also had had a best friend who was black until his family moved to a different city. My best friend and I were in the same home room at school and we attended the same church. We also lived only two blocks apart.

      All of my encounters with black people had been positive. This all changed abruptly at the beginning of 1971 when for the first time I encountered people who were prejudiced against me because I was white.

      But my experiences before moving to that city and my experiences after I left that city in 1976 are filled with relationships too numerous to mention that are multi-racial and are primarily positive in nature.

      Yet as an adult, I have seen how many white people are quick to make assumptions about people whom they see as different from themselves and to leap to conclusions without listening to the person that they are judging.

      I've also however seen a lot of "rush to judgment" events on the news. This one follows a pattern that has been duplicated over and over.

      I have to admit that I am inclined to suspect that the McMichaels are guilty but I don't want to make any conclusions until they have had an opportunity to present their defense.