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Despite some youthful running of the mouth, Richard Sherman is obviously an intelligent, thoughtful guy. To say what he said about race relations took some intestinal fortitude [“Seahawks Sherman, Bennett add different nuances to race question,” Local News, Sept. 20].

I believe that while he speaks from his heart and his mind, many in the black community would disagree with him. There is no argument justifying what whites have
done to minorities and blacks in particular, but black on black violence is at least as big a problem in the black community as that of relations between African Americans and white authority and I think that’s what Richard was saying.

Recently, a Times columnist wrote, that when he was young he was taught that the police were not necessarily his friend and just the opposite of what I was taught. For some, that fear easily transitions to distrust and even hate as kids grow up. I think some of that fear and distrust shows when the police and minorities interact causing these sometimes violent confrontations over what could have been a very minor incident.

I’m not, in any way, shape or form, trying to excuse bad cops. But race relations are a two-way street. Until the races stop assuming and prejudging each other, we will continue to struggle to get along.

Someone once said, “Judge others as you would want to be judged,” or words to that effect. Sherman, or anybody else, couldn’t say it any better than that.

Don Curtis, Clinton