I thank Michael Putney for his March 2 opinion piece, Stopping teen shootings is a community-wide responsibility, which indicts this community for its lackluster and inadequate response to the senseless, frequent killing of black children in our community.
Every one of us who has remained silent, including myself, are guilty of complicity in these deaths. This would never be allowed to continue in white middle- and upper-class neighborhoods.
These children live in neighborhoods not even 15-20 minutes away from many of our more affluent communities in Miami-Dade County.
Yet, we view this violence as another reality that doesn’t directly affect our security and well-being. We don’t view these children as our responsibility or our problem.
Our state and local governments should make saving these children by stopping the violence their top priority.
I recently read a magnificent and poignant book by Ta-Nehisi Coates called Between the World and Me. The book is a letter to his 15-year-old son wherein he addresses the physical fragility and insecurity of black lives and how insidious this reality can be for black families.
He also writes about white apathy and complicity in this violence. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about striving to gain empathy for the daily realities in many of our black communities.
Jeri B. Cohen, circuit judge, criminal and
juvenile division, Miami