Reader dismisses data in school article

It was shoddy, incompetent journalism when these raw statistics ran in The New York Times a few months ago, and it remains the same in Amy Crawford’s superficial, cut-and-paste piece (“Taking prejudice out of punishment,” Sunday).

Without speaking to the contributing factors (poverty, lack of job opportunities, discrimination, fatherless homes, etc.) causing black and Hispanic children to be more volatile, emotional, and psychologically precarious and disturbed, you imply that the public school system and its teachers are racist, insensitive and discriminatory.

That’s not the case and you know it.

Poor journalism and grandstanding politicians will not solve a problem decades in the making.

Steve Nuzzo
San Francisco

Strict stance on shooting

In regards to your article Thursday (“Officer fatally shoots teen”) … good! Another punk that won’t spend my tax dollars being “rehabilitated” in prison.

Stop whining about this perpetrator. If you pull a weapon on a policeman, then shut up and take the bullet like a man, no matter how old you are.

Jan Naft
San Francisco

History in beach’s sands

Reading the news Friday (“Ocean Beach gusts reveal headstones, S.F. history”) about how headstones from the closure of cemeteries in 1900 and the transfer process that began in 1914 are being found buried on Ocean Beach today, I wonder how many persons still living remember seeing the headstones being placed there.

My wife, Loretta, remembers when she moved to 42nd Avenue in 1943 and saw that the headstones had been dumped off the end of the parking lot onto the beach opposite the San Francisco Zoo. They were a jumbled mess.

Then in 1946, her dad took her there to see the gold miners with their pans and sluice boxes looking for gold in the black sand. Loretta said that she did not see any gold, but the miners gave her a small jar of fool’s gold — she did not see any headstones at that time.

Hearing her story several years ago, I went to the area and brought back several large cans of the black sand. Taking one up to Angels Camp and a gold-mining store, they checked the black sand and found no gold dust, either.

However, fool’s gold is generally found where there is gold, and gold is usually found in small quantities in fool’s gold.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

Prejudice is never fair

For all the years I’ve spent here in this city, most Democrats I’ve spoken to have liked to portray themselves as symbols of tolerance, fairness and inclusion, etc. But is it “fair” to discriminate under the guise of diversity?

When Caucasian student Abigail Fisher earns a high test score and is denied admission to the University of Texas solely on the basis of her race, how do you justify this blatant act of discrimination?

So, here is my question to all liberal Democrats here in the Bay Area: Would you deny your own son’s or daughter’s admission to a college for failing to meet some diversity quota?

America would be a better place if we followed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ good advice: “The way to end discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating.”

Philip Melnick
San Francisco

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