LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Community-Police Relations Slow But Steady

Maleyah Wilkinson, 9, and Alajha Gamble, 9, ride along in the sidecar of a MPDC motorcycle, one of the activities available during the National Night Out event at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in D.C.'s Ward 6 on Aug. 1. (E Watson/EDI Photos)
Maleyah Wilkinson, 9, and Alajha Gamble, 9, ride along in the sidecar of a MPDC motorcycle, one of the activities available during the National Night Out event at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in D.C.'s Ward 6 on Aug. 1. (E Watson/EDI Photos)

I have been a loyal reader of The Washington Informer for years now, and I just love your newspaper. The articles are very timely and the photographs are just fantastic. This week’s front-page photograph takes the cake, the one of those little girls riding in the motorcycle police officer’s sidecar. That photograph says a lot about how the community and the police are trying to gain trust in one another. I can remember a time in D.C. when you would have never seen a black motorcycle police officer, not to mention one riding two black children around! We are working to get to a better place, but I know we still have a ways to go. Believe me, it’s a lot better than it was. Great photograph and keep up the good work.

Kenneth Long
Washington, D.C.

Guns Part of the Solution for Blacks

The article by Stacy M. Brown, “More Black Women Are Arming Themselves,” in your August issue of The Informer is very important for everyone to read. Not only is it important for women to arm themselves, I think it’s important for every law-abiding citizen to buy a gun and learn to use it. I have a nephew who lives in a legal gun-owning state. He taught his daughter how to use a gun when she was 13 years old and bought her first gun for her when she turned 18. Black people, especially law-abiding black people, can no longer afford to view guns as a negative, but as a positive, important addition to their lives. Guns in America will never go away, and Americans will always own guns. It’s like “Baseball, Apple Pie and Guns!”

James L. Nathan
Washington, D.C.

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