LETTER: Let's come out of denial

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in reference to yet another needless death in Charlotte, a 24-year-old victim by the name of Jonathan Ferrell. It leaves me to openly discuss the question: What does it feel like to be a black man in America in 2013? What does it feel like to be murdered, misjudged and feared all in the same breath? What does it feel like to be outright judged by the color of our skin and not by the true content of our individual character?

I am sick and tired of waking up to our faces plastered all over the morning and evening news and inked on one to many crime sections. It is time for a wakeup call and a roll call in every city.

For your information, it is time for us to stop filling prison cells and too many funeral home caskets.

I suggest a million male moral march to [demonstrate] that murder is not business as usual. We should all wear T-shirts that read, "Respect my life, I am not bulletproof," as we invest in bulletproof vests for our own safety on this invisible battlefield called the good old U.S.A.

Now when all is said and done, we must come to terms and admit that what we have here is a boulder-sized communication problem that reaches far beyond a man's race or surface value. So tell me, who among us is ready to honestly come out of denial?

William K. Johnson