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SentLTE-Digest Wednesday, September 27 2017 Volume 17 : Number 001

001 LTE: Black Lives Matter
    From: John Chase <>
002 LTE: Re: 'How to win a war on drugs' (9-24-17).
    From: Kirk Muse <>


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Subj: 001 LTE: Black Lives Matter
From: John Chase <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:15:27 -0700

Sent to Tampa Bay Times

Cops shoot first because they distrust Black men and want to go home at 
the end of their shift. The mind does strange things in an emotionally 
charged encounter. If, during a traffic stop, the driver says "I'm 
reaching for my wallet", the cop's mind sees a gun. For him it is shoot 
or risk being shot. While different in the particulars, that dynamic 
explains most cop-on-Black killings in the U.S.

Americans are conditioned by crime hype and 'perp walks' as Black 
arrestees are paraded on the TV evening news. Prosecutors promise to 
protect us, then run for the legislature, where they enact more 
penalties and prisons. Americans now have far more prisoners per capita 
than any other Western country.

This, America's self-inflicted wound, began 35 years ago when Nixon 
signed the CSA (Controlled Substances Act). It created crime where none 
existed before, and its selective enforcement against Black men has 
driven a wedge between them and the police. Today's cop-on-Black 
killings will not end until drugs are legal and regulated.

John G. Chase
1620 E Dorchester Dr
Palm Harbor, Florida 34684
(727) 727-787-3085


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Subj: 002 LTE: Re: 'How to win a war on drugs' (9-24-17).
From: Kirk Muse <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:16:21 -0700

To the Editor of the New York Times:

Thanks for publishing Nicholas Kristof's outstanding column: "How to win 
a war on drugs" (9-24-17).

I'd like to add that the war on drugs is just a metaphor. A metaphor 
that has transformed the

United States into the most incarcerated nation in the history of human 
civilization. A metaphor

that has made the words freedom and justice just empty words. A metaphor 
that has convinced

millions of Americans that we just build a tall enough and long enough 
wall on our Southern

border we will somehow be able to keep illegal drugs out of our country. 
Even though every

jail and every prison in the United States have illegal drugs inside 
every one of them.

Kirk Muse

1741 S. Clearview Ave.

Mesa, AZ 85209

(480) 396-3399

Thank you for considering this letter for publication.

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