DEAR EDITOR:

There is a commercial showing a black woman talking about she is afraid of her son getting shot and killed by police.

Here is a little advice: tell your children if they get stopped by the police, and they tell you to get out of the car, do it. Do not argue or fight with the police officer and do not try to grab their weapon or run from them, and guess what? You won’t get shot.

Jim Corder

Acworth

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George Don Spruill

Jim, excellent instructions. But because today’s society needs audio-visual help, here’s a Black comedian with some advice: https://youtu.be/lx12Rox91ww

Joyce Thomas

As a black woman that raised a black male, every time I hear this commercial – before I can mute it – is dismayed by it. I did not teach my black son to not fear the police but to respect ALL those in authority which includes police officers. He did have an encounter with a police officer who questioned why he was sitting in parking lot at local business rather than being inside. My son, knowing that he was not doing anything wrong but simply waiting to meet up with friends, did not like the fact the police officer questioned him but remained respectful and lived to come home to tell us about it. I commended him and told him that if he had done the right things because if he had not – thing could have really gone “south” and fast regardless of the color of his skin.

Joyce Thomas

CORRECTION -

As a black woman that raised a black male, every time I hear this commercial – before I can mute it – is dismayed by it. I did not teach my black son to fear the police but to respect ALL those in authority which includes police officers. He did have an encounter with a police officer who questioned why he was sitting in parking lot at local business rather than being inside. My son, knowing that he was not doing anything wrong but simply waiting to meet up with friends, did not like the fact the police officer questioned him but remained respectful and lived to come home to tell us about it. I commended him and told him that if he had done the right things because if he had not – thing could have really gone “south” and fast regardless of the color of his skin.

Howard Peterson

Hi Joyce! I have NO intention of be-laboring this subject but do you know how long your son was sitting in the car in order to call attention to the police or anyone else that something "fishy" might be going on? Thanks!!

Joyce Thomas

He was sitting in car approximately 30 minutes. Even if the police had approached him immediately upon him pulling into parking lot, he respected authority and was able to talk about it later.

George Don Spruill

Ms. Thomas, you raised your son well with consideration to human nature and how quickly things can go south. The last thing I would want to do for a living is to be a police officer. Every time they approach a car, they aren't sure whether something is going to happen or not. But another reason I would not want to do that for a living is, by associating with so many bad people (I'm not talking about your son.), I'm sure I would have a jaded opinion of people in general, and I don't want that. I want to feel good about people, as hard as that might be at times. God bless you and God protect your son and other children you might have.

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