Viewpoint: Our fear is killing us

Our fear is killing us. On the night the confrontations in Ferguson, Mo., began, our African American adopted daughter called us extremely upset over the militarized way in which the demonstrators were being treated. My wife and I calmed her down and got her to bed. But now I—a retired, white university professor—am the one paralyzed with fear for my African American grandsons. I don’t know what to do about it. Multiple times this last year black teens and young adults have been shot and killed by whites who were irrationally afraid of them. My black grandsons are exceptionally fine young🔒

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David K. Leonard lives in Kennett Square, Pa.

Posted in: January 2015: Climate Change, Viewpoint
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