I am responding to the opinion piece offered by Ann Donnelly regarding the tragic death of Kevin Peterson, Jr. in last week’s paper (“Kevin Peterson Jr. didn’t have to die,” The Columbian, Jan. 3).
As a person of color, I can provide a more accurate and realistic view compared to the privileged position Ms. Donnelly enjoys.
To presume that a young Black man made “choices” to be killed is not only inhumane it is enormously callous and cruel.
To not have walked in the shoes of a BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color), Ms. Donnelly couldn’t possibly be expected to understand why law enforcement responses are different toward minorities than toward the majority. When a white person is confronted by a police officer, they don’t fear for their life – there is no perceived threat.
Historically, evidence suggests the police don’t tend to pull guns and fire 34 shots into the body of that white person. The same cannot be said of any person of color.