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Who’s to blame?

By Staff | Mar 1, 2019

To the editor:

In reading Mr. Lewis Robinson’s Cape Coral Breeze letter to the editor on Feb. 1, I am trying to understand his rants in talking about “Living in Lee County Florida is like living in the deep south in the 1960s and 1970s.”

He talks of housing segregation, unsolved murders, employment inequality, etc. to name a few as a system that is intentional by elected governments here in Southwest Florida.

His writing is more inciting than providing an avenue of help. He describes, as he states, these “substandard neighborhoods” as a restriction created by non-minorities.

The truth, Mr. Robinson, is that there are no walls holding anyone in these neighborhoods. Many have left these neighborhoods by taking advantage of this nation’s opportunity through hard work and education. That is how we acquire life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Without question, ignorance in the 1960s and 1970s promoted racism and caused suffering to so many minorities. Unfortunately now, the crying of wolf, playing a victim and inciting rather than reaching out to help those the writer claims are held down alienates those who fought for your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Why are there so many unsolved murders, as described in these substandard neighborhoods?

Could these unsolved murders be because of the communities’ failure to identify and testify? Or, are these murders a result of a system that is intentional by our governments? Really.

According to an FBI study a few years ago, 90 percent of the black homicides in our nation are committed by those who are black. It is no different here in Southwest Florida with probably a higher percentage. Why are these precious lives being snuffed out? Where are the protests for the horrible murders?

A perfect example of blame occurred just recently in Houston, Texas when a beautiful young 7-year-old girl was killed by a vehicle drive by. This drew protest from the black community after being described as a possible “hate crime” by a white male until it was proven these murderers in this heinous crime were both black males. As of yet I have not seen apologies from these protestors or media follow up.

In correcting any ills that exasperates these described neighborhoods, we should be reaching out to improve the family structures of communities that lack moral compass, regardless of race. Then and only then will these ills be corrected.

Change can only come when communities the writer describes as “substandard” set high benchmarks within their communities for improvement starting with family structure and moral compass. Blaming everyone else for our failures does not correct the problem or afford an opportunity for our children to escape these substandard conditions. For example, teachers are in schools to teach, not to raise children. Children are afforded the opportunity to learn right from wrong from a strong family structure that comes from home. Without this they become victims of the streets.

Love, understanding, and discipline begins at home, and not by blaming the government for lack of.

Jack Wagner

Cape Coral