I would like to applaud President Obama for speaking out for better race relations in America. He connected his remarks to the most sad event in the Trayvon Martin /George Zimmerman case. When the president said “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said he was profiled himself as a youth. He does speak the truth about that. I myself had worked for a number of retail chains both in the city and on Long Island in the 70s and was told to report any suspicious individuals who would be in my department and might be looking to steal. More often than not I would report more black individuals than whites. Now as I look back at what I was told to do, I feel that was not the right way to go because stealing is not just limited to a person of color but all people who are hardpressed due to their economic conditions. Race relations have come a long way but must go farther. We need not judge others because of the color of their skin, national origin or religious affiliations. We must not judge others by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, as Martin Luther King once said.
To all let me say that to get respect we must give respect. To President Obama let me say,” Kudos for saying what had to be said.”