I have no issue with Aaron Euglad’s response to my letter other than to suggest that he pretty much missed the point.
The one and only purpose for writing that letter was to identify Eugene Robinson’s insinuation that white men routinely shoot black men for no other reason than their being black, and routinely get away with it, for what it was; racist gibberish.
There was no intent to suggest that any of those lives could actually be saved, or that I knew how to save any of them. There was certainly no intent to suggest a prioritization scheme for saving them. The one-in-nine information, borrowed from a Dade County, Fla., sheriff, was presented for the singular purpose of showing how utterly preposterous and racist Robinson’s implication really was.
I have long since given up trying to understand societal behavior, let alone trying to fix it. Traveling those roads requires men far greater than myself. The only response I seek in any of this is to have racism seen as a two-way street and to have this junk treated with the scorn and ridicule it so justly deserves.
I am, however, tired of people who have no business doing so, poking their fingers in my eyes and calling me names.