To the Editor:
If Michael Brown had been white, would he be alive today? Would the officer have found a nonlethal way to handle the situation?
Would that 12-year-old boy with a toy gun in Cleveland, Tamir Rice, be alive today had he been white?
Would George Zimmerman have been acquitted if Trayvon Martin had been white (and would he have stalked him in the first place)?
If John Crawford had been a white man with a BB gun in that Walmart in Ohio, would the police have fired a shot?
For how many police, prosecutors and jurors is a black life worth less than a white life?
Montclair, N.J., Nov. 25, 2014
Note from KBJ: The letter writer is obsessed with skin color. There is no reason to think that any of these incidents were motivated by race.