Dear editor:

Regarding Walter Williams’ column, Suwannee Democrat, Oct. 4, 2017, “Does the NFL protest make sense?”

I have noticed and commented on the erratic, often politically inflammatory content of Professor Williams’ for profit observations; it’s interesting that speech for pay is still Free Speech. A classic example of a limit on Free Speech though is: You shouldn’t yell FIRE! in a crowded room, when you know it’s not really on fire.

I think Professor Williams does that.

I think it because Professor Williams is a legitimate professor, a PhD at George Mason University, where my granddaughter considered attending.

He is certified to know what he’s talking about. Therefore when he says stupid things, he says them on purpose.

Some may ask, “What does your granddaughter have to do with it?”

Wonderful! There’s my audience.

Mr. Williams’ article begins: “Let’s throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes.”

Skipping, respectfully, to paragraph 4, “Many Americans, including me, see the black NFL player protest of police brutality as pathetic, useless, showboating. Seeing as these players have made no open protest against the thousands of blacks being murdered and maimed by blacks, they must view it as trivial in comparison with the police killings.”

Again, what does my granddaughter have to do with it.

Are only blacks protesting? No.

If I don’t protest against every single thing in the whole wide world of human history, or the Universe and beyond am I disqualified from protesting against anything? No.

Must what I’m protesting be the most important thing to be protested about? According to Mr. Williams, of course!

What is Professor Williams getting at? I don’t know — unless (paragraph 5), “Who’s to blame for this mayhem? If you ask an intellectual, a leftist, or an academic in a sociology or psychology department, he will tell you that it is caused by poverty, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. But the black murder rate and other crime statistics in the 1940’s and ’50’s were not nearly so high as they are now.”

Now, are you smarter than a 5th grader? Mr. Williams’ Leftists use devious statistical tools to suggest correlations between areas of mayhem. Mr. Williams slyly relies on scanty reporting from the 1940’s — when black deaths were as accountable as gerbil deaths.

Who are you going to have confidence in? Mr. Williams? Your lying eyes? Or my granddaughter?

John H. Bell

McAlpin

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