Letters to the Editor

Some actions justified in context of our society

In the aftermath of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, President Barack Obama's pronouncements were as predictable as pot roast in a diner, but far less savory.

Obama proclaims that blacks view the world "through a set of experiences that won't go away." Obama laments "being followed in the department store," "hearing locks click on doors of cars," or "a woman clutching her purse nervously on an elevator." The point he selectively omits in his dissertation are the interrelated conditions in which everyday life exists; context is everything.

Statistics show blacks constitute approximately 13 percent of the population and commit a widely disproportionate number of crimes; most crimes are committed by young black men.

Between the mid-1970s and mid-2000s, blacks committed more than half of all murders in the United States and committed robbery, aggravated assaults and other property crimes at a rate two to three times their percentage of the population.

Newspaper and television news are saturated with depictions of crimes perpetrated by young black men. Obama discounts the fact that a woman clutching her purse or an individual locking car doors is not a hate-mongering racist, but simply prudent and cognizant of the realities of the world in which we live.

How young black men are perceived in our society will not change until the actions of a large number of young black men change, and reality and objectivity enter the consciousness of their apologists.

Kenneth H. Sailley

Hilton Head Island