Stay in school and learn
This young man (Taren Brown) started off very well in his letter to the editor. I do not understand how someone of his age could possibly apply the term villains and vigilantes.
Victims are the innocent ones caught in the crossfire or hit by a drunk driver. This kind of mindset is one of the things creating the divide. Not the ones sworn to serve and protect.
I will agree with him that not all officers of the law are perfect, but they do have the instinct, just like us, to try to protect themselves. African-American males have the same opportunity as the white Americans. Stay in school and make something of yourself. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are poor examples.
Martin Luther King did more for this divide than all the rest put together. He believed in peace not rioting. Also, he believed in truth. The way I see it, the whole truth had not been presented. No young American should be just in the wrong place at the wrong time, looking a certain way. That is how this got started.
The teenager in Ferguson was a bully to the store attendant when he was stealing the cigars (all caught on tape), and since he had some mind-altering substance in him, I doubt he even gave a second thought to what he was doing. It is sad that a mother lost her child and friends lost a friend at such an early age.
Hopefully, the young man who wrote this letter does stay in school and learns this incident is not reality, that it is what is happening in Chicago and other big cities. We all face burdens both big and small, but we all are Americans and should try harder at living in peace not violence.
I would like to know exactly where this young man goes that he has to feel like he is on high alert because he is an African-American male. I was taught to choose my friends wisely, hence no altercations.