Oct. 29 2014 09:59 AM

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Belfer's blinded by white guilt

Regarding the article "My white tribe: You are mine, and I am yours, so let's deal with it" by Aaryn Belfer ["Backward in High Heels," Aug. 20]: Poor Aaryn, searching for pity because of alienation by us "white tribe members," including her so-called friends who avoid her or are questioning their friendship with her. Aaryn, sip your Pinot Grigio and ponder the idea that your self-loathing and guilt-ridden racial conscience may not coincide with their beliefs. Maybe, just maybe, they are sick of your pandering at their expense.

I can only speak for myself, but I'm totally disgusted and insulted by your description of the police officer in the Michael Brown shooting as "a man gripping a gun and suited up in centuries of law specifically designed to protect someone wearing white skin." Where did you ever dig up such nonsense?

You truly are delusional. Instead of sipping on your cheap wine and complaining how terrible "we" all are, try attending a police memorial held every year in Washington, D.C. As you disparage our police, look into the tears of a son, daughter, mother, father, husband or wife who have lost a loved one protecting your right to enjoy that cocktail in your safe neighborhood!

How about affording the officer the same rights all of us enjoy. In case you're missing this concept, it's called "due process." Before we condemn and convict this officer, shouldn't we allow a thorough investigation? Does evidence and truth matter to you, or are you so caught up in your white guilt that you cannot be fair, objective or truthful?

I see that you cited several incidents of black men being shot by the police. Later in your article, you describe a white "dude" who waved a gun at the police yet was taken into custody instead of being shot and killed. Your inference is that black men are subjected to deadly force by the police and white dudes are treated differently. Do the circumstances surrounding any of these individual cases matter at all to you? Probably not, because your objectivity is blurred by a veil of self-loathing and creative journalism.

How much media attention has been paid to the shooting of Michael Brown? Endless hours on every network. Where was the news coverage in the case of Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old white man in Salt Lake City, Utah, shot and killed by an officer described as a man of color. Where was the mainstream media, the outrage, the riots, or vandalism and looting? I don't recall seeing any of that!

You know all the supporting facts of the Michael Brown incident don't you, Aaryn? You were there. You reviewed all of the evidence. You came to a truthful and sound conclusion. No. Because you really don't care about the truth. You whine and complain about the state of police relations in this country, but you attempt to incite baseless hatred toward the police by your inept reporting.

No, your white ex-friends or, for that matter, your black friends aren't shunning you because you stand for truth and justice. Maybe your "white tribe" is just tired of having to bear the weight of your own personal guilt!

Randy Zawis, Spring Valley

Slow the growth

Bay Park reader Richard S. Pavelec is right on one count ["Letters," Sept. 3]: Many San Diego residents are happy that past Planning Director Bill Fulton has gone away, hopefully taking his growth ideas with him. He was really a bad fit here, a fish out of water, a man without a constituency, almost from the moment he was hired.

We get enough crazy growth ideas from the local development industry, college real-estate departments, the Urban Land Institute and a raft of hangers-on with financial interests in unlimited population growth. None of them, nor Fulton himself, for that matter, accept that San Diego can have a cleaner, brighter, friendlier, more livable, more walkable future if it does not buckle to the demand for growth without the amenities needed for livability, pitiful but true.

Let us do the right thing: appreciate Fulton's departure and wish him well. As the playwright T.S. Eliot admonished, let us also do that for the right reason—because Fulton didn't weave well into this city's tapestry.

Jim Varnadore, City Heights

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