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Need to change hearts, not pass more laws

We do not need additional laws to solve the unnecessarily brutal and illegal use of force by a few of police officers against African Americans. We already have the 5th, 13th, 14th and 15th Constitutional amendments as well as the 1964, 1965 and 1968 Civil Rights bills. Another law will not help. The problem lies within the hearts of so many of us and not in our legal system.

People are intrinsically suspicious and impulsive. Some look for someone to blame for their own failings. Others need to see themselves as better than another group. These delusional misconceptions often progress to hate. Hate supported by others with similar misperceptions is too easily focused by one racial group on another or by one economic group upon another.

We should look to our leaders, our elected officials, our teachers, our clergy and most importantly our parents to change the hearts of our people. We should hold dear our principles; all men and women are created equal, all have rights and all deserve respect for those rights. We should teach each other that hatred is the root of many of our problems. All should pledge to purge hatred from their own hearts.

Joseph Zeppieri



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