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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, July 27

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Keep the focus on Saratoga Springs PD

Regarding your coverage of the July 14 protest in Saratoga in the July 16 Gazette article (“Police charge five after protesters block Broadway”).
Firstly, It is important to note that you stated as fact that Darryl Mount died due to a fall from scaffolding when injuries were limited to blunt force trauma to the face with no broken limbs or internal injuries to the torso,
That, according to a second autopsy done by a private medical examiner who isn’t on the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s payroll, is consistent with an assault, not a fall.
One of the points of these rallies is to keep attention on the fact that the SSPD never even conducted an internal investigation into the matter before they swept it under the rug, so that is an important thing to make clear.
To be clear, the main reason for this protest was John Cantone’s recent public statement that BLM was bringing gangs to Saratoga and his promise to use his family’s 130 years of connections to quell the violence caused by it.
SSPD says they don’t have systemic racism. But then the assistant chief of police comes out and essentially screams I think all persons of color are gang bangers and will use all of my white privilege to suppress the fight for racial justice… and follows it up with harassing stops and searches for weapons that don’t exist.
Not a good look, SSPD.
Phoenix Masters
Troy

CRT ideas deserve to be condemned

Glenn Sacks’ July 12 column (“Schools have an obligation to teach students about racism”) rejects criticism of Critical Race Theory [CRT] teaching in our schools as “feverish condemnation from conservatives.” This note was sounded by The Daily Gazette’s Zach Matson in his June 19 article (“School officials defend inclusion policies”) characterized CRT as “…a major boogeyman among conservatives and some parents.”
Mr. Sacks is doing what advocates of CRT have done, namely, make it appear that America’s history of racism has never been effectively included in U.S. history instruction.
On the contrary, it has been a significant part of instruction; it hasn’t, however, been used to characterize ALL aspects of American culture as the “legacy of racism.” This characterization informs us that to “teach students about racism,” is to teach CRT.
These CRT ideas deserve “feverish condemnation.”
White children are to be taught they enjoy “White privilege” and oppress their fellow students of color by their mere presence.
Children are to be taught that due process, colorblindness and equality before the law are concepts developed by Whites to maintain their privileged position. They’re also to be taught that an equitable society cannot have differences in wealth by race, so wealth must be redistributed by the government.
Further, students must learn that any disparity in school disciplinary actions or enrollments (i.e., tracking) is ipso facto evidence of implicit bias on the part of administrators.
CRT’s contribution to improving race relations is to tell children that the color of their skin determines their destiny, not the content of their character, as Martin Luther King Jr. had it.
Richard A. Evans
Burnt Hills

Deal with St. Clare’s before merging

Before Ellis Hospital contemplates a merger with St. Peters, clean up the St. Clare’s pensions lost with the last merger.
The Catholic Church and New York state have unfinished business.
Rick Green
Ballston Lake

 

 

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Maybe not quite (although he did apologize later so he acknowledges a mistake).
But care to address the larger point, which you conveniently side-stepped and tried to distract from?
Law and Order, right Marincic?

Bidens 1994 crime bill.

Biden reveled in the politics of the 1994 law, bragging after it passed that “the liberal wing of the Democratic Party” was now for “60 new death penalties,” “70 enhanced penalties,” “100,000 cops,” and “125,000 new state prison cells.”

The law imposed tougher prison sentences at the federal level and encouraged states to do the same. It provided funds for states to build more prisons, aimed to fund 100,000 more cops, and backed grant programs that encouraged police officers to carry out more drug-related arrests — an escalation of the war on drugs.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/20/18677998/joe-biden-1994-crime-bill-law-mass-incarceration

LOUIS RESTIFO

Regardless of anything anyone has ever done in the entirety of the history of America, if the agendas of the current alt-right Republicans succeed it’s over for all of us. You too Mr. Zachary.

William Aiken

Joe Biden using the Fine peoples Hoax to launch his campaign was a disgrace. He only got away with this lie due to a complicit media that never challenged this BS.

As Zachary noted Biden put thousands of black men in prison with his crime bill. Trump freed hundreds of this same folks when he signed the first step act. Biden scolded a black host for not being black enough. He sang the praise of a former KKK leader, Robert Byrd.

Trump kept his promise of increasing black employment by investing in thousands of opportunity zones. He permenantly funded HBCs. If one takes an honest assessment of the history of these two men, it’s obvious who the true racist is.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Only what you want to hear, only what you want to see, only the way you want it to be, nothing else matters. Try looking at the entire picture not just one grey cloud in the background.

(This is not for you, Mr. Aiken. It’s plainly obvious you people have no interest in reality and truth)
In yet another fine display of the “But whatabout…” debate tactic we’ve all been entertained by, ad nauseum, Mr. Aiken again attempts to get his “fact sheet” by the moderator and prove another alt-right fantasy: that it’s Joe Biden who’s the real racist! Welp, someone needs to tell the Booger Boyz, the Proud Larrys, the Sunday Afternoon Stormers and every other registered White Supremacist/Nationalist/Incel group because they’re all lined up behind tRump and the Republicans!

What the hey? Of anyone, they should know a real racist xenophobe, shouldn’t they? Huh. A real head-scratcher, that.

I supported Sanders. Not Biden. But when it came down to the wire my vote went with the one who wasn’t obsessed with self-promotion and grifting Americans (“I love the poorly educated!”). But someone needs to address the statements made before they too disappear like the last and we’re accused of never playing their games:
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The “Fine peoples Hoax”. Seems to be no shortage of rightish websites glomming onto this, as if it’s all they’ve got. And there’s credibility to it being a misstep by both the Biden campaign and the media (kinda like the media’s many missteps in fixating on tRump before 2016). Does it add up to “racism”? No, of course it doesn’t. It does add up to political exuberance and every single campaign ever can probably be faulted for some example of it. But no, swing-and-a-miss on that one, Mr. Aiken.

“Biden put thousands of black men in prison”. Gosh, that sounds almost as bad as cops shoot and kill more black men per capita than white! “Right-thinking” people will know which is true though, and have the actual statistics to support it; that more black men are shot by cops per capita than any other.
In the words of Hadar Aviram, a law professor at UC Hastings:
“The act didn’t cause mass incarceration… Prison populations started rising two decades earlier, in the early 1970s, and by 1994 had already more than tripled, from 300,000 to over 1 million.”
The U.S. prison population continued to rise after the 1994 act took effect. But the overall rate of growth actually slowed down. (Politifact)
It’s predictably much more complicated than Mr. Aiken and the Nervous Whites present it, but that’s not what matters to them. Biden’s the racist!

FINALLY, tRump’s much vaunted “economic zones”. Let’s let Pew Trusts sum it up:
“Black Businesses Largely Miss Out on Opportunity Zone Money”.
“Opportunity zones work by giving people and corporations a series of capital gains tax breaks for investing in opportunity funds, which then invest in zones, and holding those investments over time.
Congress applied the opportunity zone tax break to a wide range of investments, from factories and hotels to superyacht marinas. Lawmakers imposed no additional requirements, such as job creation targets, in order to encourage investors to move as much money as possible into low-income areas.”
“So far, opportunity zone investors appear to be focused on market-rate real estate such as luxury apartments and hotels. They’ve largely steered clear of affordable housing deals, businesses in need of an equity partner, or other investments that help the community but have a small or uncertain return, according to a report released last week by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank.” (Pew Trusts)

You lose again, Mr. Aiken. You’re on the losing team and your future looks bleak. You don’t need a higher education to see that. Maybe time to reflect?

William Aiken

Yes Chuckie your side won by changing the rules at the eleventh hour and now your feeble leader is way over his head. Your post never defend the job Biden or his shameful history I’ve noted. His exe orders on the border have created an unprecedented crisis and that was done intentionally.

Trump’s policies blew up the Dems lock on the Black vote. It as simple as African Americans being the benefactor of 45’s policy on employment, immigration and school choice. They no longer vote monolithically Democrat and that scares you to death.

William Aiken

Now that your side is back in power, can you name a single victory Biden had racked up? I didn’t think so. The latest polls are quite telling of a President in mental decline and a public that has buyer’s remorse.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Absolutely. His huge America and world saving victory was defeating and eliminating, from the most powerful position on earth, a sociopathic, criminal, fascist, treasonous, lunatic in the 2020 presidential election.

William Aiken

And what has Biden accomplished since taking office? The speed with which his actions have destroyed the country is both impressive and maddening.

Gosh, while maintaining an approval rating that tRump never even approached. How do you explain that?

LOUIS RESTIFO

As far as his accomplishments, I believe Biden is currently negotiating with the President of Mexico to pay for a useless wall he intends to continue to build by impressing Mr. Lopez Obrador by calling his citizens drug dealing, criminal, rapists. – That should make a guy like you happy.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Every American should be watching the hearing regarding the 1/6/21 “ peaceful protest” at the Capitol, then judge the people inciting, participating and covering up the that horrific event.

Why do you think it’s a good idea to distract from the larger picture by twisting the narrative?
Why do you apparently support violent insurrection of our country?

William Aiken

If it’s an insurrection Chuck, as you claim, then why were none of the 500 rioters charged with insurrection?

Your question is absurd, and I’ve already spent more time than I care to with your “issues”. Look at up.

FRED BARNEY

One should give the Democrats credit for the benefits for the benefits of the defund the police movement that we now see in major cities.

FRED BARNEY

Chuck D I see that you have yet to master the distinguish between a statement made with the intention to deceive and one made with a less than complete grasp of the facts.

I welcome your acceptance that you have a “less than complete grasp of the facts” then.
Now would be good time to apologize for your insinuation.

There is no other explanation for the fears expressed by the likes of Richard A. Evans of the dreaded “CRT” than that they are desperately trying to hold on to their racial privilege. None.
Critical Race Theory IS NOT what any of the pearl-clutchers on (pick your favorite alt-right information outlet) is telling you and it’s clearly you who lacks the critical thinking skills to make that distinction. I would suggest “right-thinking” Christians take a closer look at what their bible teaches about humility, if you can get over your own self-righteousness.

I will offer how the American Bar Association defines it, if only for a truthful counter to the racist angst since I don’t think any believers of the disinformation will bother to try to understand.

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A Lesson on Critical Race Theory
by Janel George
CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship. Crenshaw—who coined the term “CRT”—notes that CRT is not a noun, but a verb. It cannot be confined to a static and narrow definition but is considered to be an evolving and malleable practice. It critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. CRT also recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality, gender identity, and others. CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/

Chuck You might want to remember that under President Trump we had a secure southern border and not a crisis that we have today under Biden. We were energy independent and we had two dollar a gallon gasoline not three dollars a gallon like under Biden. Under Trump we had the keystone pipeline and thousands of high paying jobs and we stopped Russia’s pipeline to Europe but under Biden we stopped Americas pipeline and gave Russia a pipeline to Europe. Should I go on?

Oh yeah also we didn’t have inflation like we have today, we had low prices in the grocery store, we had low prices in the automobile industry, we had low prices in the lumber and housing industry, all under President Trump all screwed up by President Biden. Biden has totally screwed up this country in every possible way, I don’t know if I should be shocked or impressed that someone could screw this country up so fast

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