WAVE 3 News Guest Editorial - July 7, 2016: Harsh Realities

WAVE 3 News Guest Editorial - July 7, 2016: Harsh Realities

By Rob Thomas, WAVE 3 News Marketing Director

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As a dad to a young black man, I just don't know what to tell him. Frankly, I worry about his safety. I'm not worried about the good cops, which there are many. I'm worried about an encounter with a racist one or a trigger-happy one or one that lets something go too far. 
My advice has always been keep your cool, be respectful. At least you'll get out alive. But that doesn't always work.

I'm fortunate. No one looks at me with a skeptical eye. No one wonders whether I have criminal activity on my mind. No one is scared if I'm in a hoodie or walking down the street with friends my own age.

But that is the cruel and racist reality for so many great young people who happen to be black. And that's not good enough. My honor roll son and his smart, hard-working and law-abiding friends deserve better.

The pain Alton Sterling's son expressed - the weeping - at Wednesday's press conference is something that will stay with me forever. I've never seen or felt a sadder moment. Let's all pray for that young man. For the whole family.

But for the grace of God, that could be my family. Or yours.

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