Letters to the Editor

Micro-racism proof?

Sam Pal laments damage done by those guilty of micro-racism and micro-aggressions. Nowhere does this essay offer objective evidence of these sins. If anyone buys into these unsubstantiated allegations, also prepare to entertain claims from those who detect micro-micro-racism and aggressions.

Mr. Pal condemns the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy and the Transportation Security Administration’s “random pat and search” policies as tools of modern racism based on unproven suspicion.

In fact, the NYPD targeted areas where it had recorded high rates of illegal gun usage. Otherwise, people in high-crime areas are put at risk so the police aren’t accused of bias. Sounds like Chicago? Also, we must pretend each of the 9/11 hijackers wasn’t a male, between 18 and 35, and of a certain ethnic background. Let’s make certain we pat down the correct proportion of 80-year-old-plus Asian females, 5-and-younger blond children, etc.

It must be exhausting and isolating to occupy yourself with the task of ferreting out microracism/aggression. Alternatively, may I suggest a fuller life is possible by taking on the ancient challenges of “judge not lest you be judged,” and “cast the first stone only if you are without sin.”