Letter: Statistics refute the notion that systemic racism has faded away

Editor,

Bill Merill, I am choking on my kambucha double tall over your opinion that systemic racism just faded away decades ago.

Sixteen percent of school children are black while while comprising 30 percent of suspensions and arrests.

African-Americans are 14 percent of our population while 36 percent of prisoners are black. Fifty five percent of people on death row are black.

We can move on to stats on home ownership, health care availability, graduation rate, percentage of police stops yet your conclusion is that there is no systemic racism.

Your opinion is that African Americans are intellectually and or morally inferior to whites.

Remember Bill, all lives won’t matter until you accept that Black Lives Matter is a legitimate statement.

Jim Short

Coupeville

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