Protests a wake-up call for America
The protests in Minnesota are yet another wake-up call to address racism existing in policing practices as witnessed in the murder of George Floyd.
While some may decry these protests as senseless chaos and looting, we echo the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who stated that “riot[s] [are] the language of the unheard.”
We of Schenectady Clergy Against Hate are in deep pain about our system of law and order in which individual officers can degrade people of color and strip them of the most basic of civil rights: life. As clergy leaders, we believe these calls for justice must be heard.
As such, we call for stronger, more meaningful, community dialogue and review of police officers’ education programs.
We acknowledge the work that Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and County Sheriff Dom Dagastino have committed to in regards to a model of community policing, which focuses on relationship building in addition to safety and security. But we also acknowledge more must be done to build trust in these relationships.
We also acknowledge that the murder of George Floyd took place against a wider backdrop of historic and structural racism in America further exacerbated by Covid-19 and related crises.
Through remembrance and protest, conversation, structured dialogue and other actions, we must heed the wake-up call to organize in collective struggle against all forms of racism and hate in ourselves, in our society and in those who have sworn to serve and protect all individuals in our community.
Rev. Dustin Wright
Imam Genghis Khan
Rev. Wright is pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church. Imam Kahn is chaplain at the Schenectady County Jail.
We will all pay for Trump’s evil deeds
Simply stated, Donald Trump is the epitome of evil, the antithesis of good. All, including his loyal followers. will eventually, if not already, pay the price for his diabolical deeds.
Louis Restifo Sr.
What about lives Cuomo didn’t save
Emperor Cuomo prides himself in saving lives with his many “executive orders” (dictates).
I ask: How about the thousands of aborted babies and his lighting up New York City in pink; and the COVID-affected elderly sent to nursing homes?