To the Editor:

Protect and Serve is the brand of America’s police. Respect for each person in uniform is essential for a property-ownership economy like ours. Unfortunately, this police brand has been compromised due to numerous killings of unarmed black people. My question is: why can’t rogue cops be winnowed out via periodic psychiatric reviews as follow-up to initial interviews and training?

Racism is America’s deepest, most intractable sin. Protest gatherings are unlikely to bring productive change until the racists in the White House are ousted and replaced by people who are determined to fight racism. Our government is currently dominated by old white men who’ve used their words and deeds to stoke the fires that are now burning.

President Trump doesn’t have the credibility to calm the situation nor to promise meaningful change. He’s spent many years messaging the anger of white supremacists. He repeatedly claimed that President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and he referred to the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville as very fine people. He often praises the gun-toting, violent people who throng his rallies. Trump has stoked all the fires that are now burning. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. He’s like a boy who plays with matches and eventually burns down his own house.

In his dangerous June 1 evening photo op, Trump announced an executive order that designated Antifa (short for anti-fascist) as a terrorist organization. But, Antifa isn’t actually an organization. It’s simply a loose collection of individuals who come together to form a wall against attacks on civil society by far right groups. Trump never mentions his own Boogaloo Bois white supremacist supporters. Several governors reported Boogaloo’s involvement in looting this last week in May. Trump and his supporters have made it known they want the main story to be property destruction, not memorializing someone.

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Dave L. Wegner

Sioux Falls