Having retired a few years ago, I have had the privilege of volunteering in several areas of the Frederick Community. Partly because of our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore we have many people from different backgrounds and nationalities. I have really enjoyed this experience and have learned a lot serving with such a diverse group.

So my message to those who are questioning who should be heard.

All Lives Matter and we are all members of the same human race. We need to treat others with respect and the kindness they deserve.

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des21

Your point is demonstrably true Ms. Lindgren- it's why the different "races" can breed with one another so easily- because they are not different races. Race is a human construct made to divide us. Unfortunately much of the Democrat voting bloc has become so heavily invested in the false distinctions- for both pseudo-intellectual reason and their careers linked to them, that it will be very hard to walk this nonsense back. As "other" continues to become the largest racial classification, change is on the way and it makes me hopeful. Not optimistic but hopeful.

awteam2000

8:46

jsklinelga

Morgan Freeman said racism will end when we stop calling white people white and black people black.

Chances are, if history is a good barometer, little will change after these latest protest. The police are not responsible for systemic racism. I imagine if 1 out of a 1000 protesters had the courage to be a law enforcement officer in any of our inner cities for just a couple of weeks their opinions would change dramatically..

BLM has become a token cause for the real reason the protests and riots are happening.

bnick467

The police may not be responsible for the systemic racism that plagues our nation, but they are responsible for the disproportionate amount of abuse and brutality against minorities. As supposed community "leaders", police officers should be above the mindset that someone is a criminal just because of the color of their skin. But as we are seeing more and more lately, cops are more suspicious of black people than they are of whites. How can society change when those who are supposed to lead by example have the mindset that all black people are violent criminals? When community "leaders" at both the local and national level treat people of color differently, it makes it difficult to eliminate that mindset from the public.

bosco

"But as we are seeing more and more lately, cops are more suspicious of black people than they are of whites."........perhaps we need more pictures of perps in the FNP news. It seems to me, without an accurate audit, that the majority of the perps pictured are black or hispanic. Are blacks and hispanics committing more crimes or are whites getting away with crimes? I certainly hope the latter is not true. [ninja]

public-tertiary

Anecdotally, in the 1990s, I worked in an office that overlooked I-270 in lower MontCo. There was a stretch on the southbound side that seemed to be a favorite area for police to pull over vehicles. I had binoculars in the office because there were some great views. I was 12 stories up. For about a year, I kept an informal count of who was pulled over, to the best of my ability to ascertain that. The fraction that were black was around 50%. My data set was obviously incomplete but I did find the numbers intriguing.

Greg F

Sorry JS...your full of BS and more. Systemic racism is in the police top down and has been since this nation's inception. It exists now even higher with Trump and his cronies in political offices. Keep on denying....that's what a good little white racist is supposed to do to support his cause https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/06/12/closing-argument-systemic-racism-us-economy-kudlow-cpt-vpx.cnn

DickD

What are the "real reasons", Jim? Are you trying to tell us it is looting? Talk about racism!

jsklinelga

DickD

I never gave looting a thought. Are you really going to feign ignorance about the many issues that have inflamed passion over the last several years just so you can cast a meaningless, baseless insult?

public-redux

Dick, I believe the real reason is praying and submitting to God’s revelation without eating any General Tso’s Chicken.

jsklinelga

Interesting that the Seattle African American Advisory Committee claimed the CHAZ group hijacked the BLM protest.

TomWheatley

What is CHAZ? I am used to seeing the more common acronyms here like FNP, FCPS, etc, but not CHAZ. Maybe FNP could post a FAQ with the more frequently used acronyms on the Forum?

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