Editorial: The Chokehold of Injustice

On July 17 Eric Garner said his last world known words, “I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner was a 43 year old African American male and father of 6 kids in Staten Island, NY.

Officer Pantaleo, a white male, and other officers on the scene forcefully arrested Eric Garner.  Officer Pantaleo held Mr. Garner in a chokehold while other officers piled on him to hold him down. Throughout the assault Garner repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” When it came to the point that he actually couldn’t, Garner died.

Why didn’t the officers listen to Garners pleas? What was the need for the choke hold when there was already several officers on top of him?

What was the point of his arrest?

Mr. Garner was a peaceful man protecting his civil rights. Mr. Garner was accused of selling loose cigarettes without tax, but where is the evidence? All around the country protests have occurred in the fight for justice for Garner. But not only for him but for the fight against racism in our country.

“I can’t breathe,” he said, and neither can we. This case is breath-taking. It is shocking that a man, an innocent man, died with no justice. That his murderer, who was sworn in by God and the people of Staten Island, N.Y., who should have been his protector, could ignore his pleas and not receive justice.

Are we protecting this man because he is white or simply because he wears a badge?

NHS doesn’t tolerate intolerance

The news is filled with judgments – sports teams, fashion, celebrity expectations. But is this judgment always called for?

Three recent news stories have brought this judgment into question, one of which is Wal-Mart’s plus size Halloween wear category being labeled as  as “fat girl costumes.” They have publicly apologized  on Twitter.

Mrs.Nunes, a guidance counselor at  Naugatuck High School, said, “People should be more concerned about themselves and their values.” Mrs.Nunes tries to help students realize that they are worthwhile, valuable members of society. She believes that Wal-Mart’s “error” was very “unprofessional.”

In another story, a man at a Dallas airport was attacked for wearing a pink shirt. The attacker assumed the color of the shirt meant he was gay, and the verbal argument between the two turned physical. Bystanders helped remove the attacker, who was soon taken away by police.

Veronica Archeki, a Naugatuck student, said, “It’s disgusting how people associate colors with gender; guys tend to be more limited.” Art teacher Dr.Steve Kobylenski agrees, saying that “pink is a man’s color.”

When asked for the reason for his attack, the man replied, “Because this is America, that’s why. The same reason you get to live, to breathe, to walk black,” according to The Daily Mail online.

In “7 Things I Can Do That My Black Son Can’t,” written by Calvin Hennick, a white father expresses concern about his black son’s privileges, For instance, he can “lose my temper in traffic” and “loiter in wealthy neighborhoods,” while such actions could put his son in harm’s way.

Dr.Kobylenski expressed hope that this wouldn’t be the case. As far as equality in his classroom, he tries to treat everyone fairly no matter what race, size, or sexuality. “I think the media perpetuates stereotypes,” Kobylenski noted.