Polemics & Exchanges

Ugly Realities

I was thrilled to see that Aaron D. Wolf was poised to address the “ugly reality” behind the murder-suicide perpetrated by Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher (“Handgun Culture, Cultural Revolutions, January).  Unfortunately, instead of confronting the real problem, Mr. Wolf went on a puritanical tirade against cohabitation.

The “ugly reality” that the mainstream media refuse to address is that handgun violence stems from black (excuse me, African-American) culture in the United States.  Forgive me for stating the obvious, but for years rap music has glorified thuggery and waving around one’s “nine” in the face of one’s enemies.  Women are called “ho’s” or worse, and, as statistics readily demonstrate, black children are far more likely than white ones to grow up in homes without fathers.

The courageous thing to do would be to call this problem what it is—or is Mr. Wolf really worried that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may fly off the handle and murder Gisele?

        —Michael Wilson
Boston, MA

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