Barb Nelson, Sartell
I appreciated Abby Ring’s column about Ferguson revisited one year later in the Aug. 7 issue of the Newsleader. It’s refreshing to read such mature and thoughtful views from a person her age. Abby referred to the Ferguson story as a “race issue,” and I agree with that. The police have serious work to do and no doubt their judgment must be quick. However, in many of the instances of concern in the past year between law enforcement and people of color, I ask myself if the response would have been different if the person encountered by the police had been white. With video taping by cell phones and instant media coverage of the news in today’s society, I hope in the future what is presented between authorities and suspected persons will show all people are treated the same regardless of who they are. Thank you, Abby, for sharing your thoughts. You bring a new and refreshing voice to the Newsleaders.