I was dismayed Saturday to read the letters from readers criticizing Penn State President Eric Barron for his support of the Penn State protests.
The writers identified themselves as alumni and current students.
These protests are not just about Michael Brown or Eric Garner. They are about a worsening crisis in which people of color are treated far more harshly by police than whites.
ProPublica recently estimated that young black men are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than young white men.
On Friday, yet another prosecutor refused to charge a cop in Seattle who had punched a black woman handcuffed in the back of his patrol car, fracturing her eye socket.
Police do face dangerous situations every day, largely because of our increasingly armed population, and they should get the benefit of the doubt when a judgment call goes wrong.
But the disparity in treatment of minority suspects is unacceptable, as is our larger society’s disparate treatment of them.
One of the purposes of education is to make us aware of those who are not our closest neighbors. Barron was pursuing this purpose.
It’s a shame that Saturday’s letter writers have failed to learn this.