The Journal Gazette
Friday, June 26, 2020 1:00 am


Protests, laws can't fix prejudiced attitudes

All the demonstrations, placards, speeches, news reports, etc., may bring changes in equality, but I doubt it.

We can make as many new laws as we want, but the main problem of racial injustice will continue. No matter how much change is made with legislation, there will still be bias toward non-whites. If we really want equal justice for all, then it must start in the home.

Prejudice begins in the home. Where else did we learn to be prejudiced if it was not from our parents, grandparents or other relatives? We were not born that way. It was learned in the home no matter what anyone tells you.

Until we start telling our children that everyone should be treated the same regardless of their skin color, faith, national origin or sex,  bias and injustice will continue.

It must start at the base. That is the only way it will ever change for the better.

Jim Furos

Fort Wayne

Trump's true nature has yet to be exposed

Jeffrey Phelps' letter, “Sessions' weakness fed massive abuse of power (June 16),” shows the writer has little understanding of the Constitution or the function of the Department of Justice.

The attorney general and everyone in his employ take an oath to uphold the law and this government of the people, by the people and for the people. They are not there to protect anyone. They are sworn to seek the truth and to report same to the courts and the American people.

Jeff Sessions was part of the campaign that elected Donald Trump. He had no other legal choice but to recuse himself.

Trump, Sessions and the balance of this group were 100% complicit in the scheme by the Russian government to interfere in the election of 2016.

In my opinion, the real scandal is the Mueller investigation itself. After assembling the most capable set of investigative legal minds in the nation, their scope was kept very narrow. Trump and his family have allegedly committed all kinds of tax fraud and lord knows what else for the past 25 years. 

If all of this was not bad enough, Trump's current lackey in the Justice Department, William Barr, lies and says Trump is innocent.

He is not. He was impeached and should have been removed from office. The kangaroo court in the Senate was a sad joke and an embarrassment to this nation throughout the world.

We used to stand for justice; now we stand for nothing.

Etson Hougland

Fort Wayne

Poverty driving some to desperation

While I understand what Christopher Snider is saying (“Our 'new normal' stems from lack of respect,” June 16), I have a few questions. While he was being raised by these wonderful parents, did they offer three meals a days? Did his parents have money to supply him with decent clothes? Was his mother always home? Was he raised in a two-parent home?

If I were a betting man I would bet all of these things are true.

Now suppose his parents didn't or (more than likely) couldn't get a job.

He wanted to eat three meals a day but his family couldn't afford it. He was taught all the right things, but he is hungry.

What would he do? Starve?

I don't know Snider's situation, but I would guess he doesn't know that of George Floyd or thousands of others who grew up in poverty.

Please do not judge people you do not know.

Douglas D. Gard

Fort Wayne 

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