(Photo: Associated Press/Charlie Riedel)

Earl J. Blanks of Symmes Township is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Shelton-Reid, Inc. that works with children and families in Avondale.

My sympathy is with Michael Brown and his family, as no young man or woman, black or white should have to face a police bullet at the tender age of 18.

However, I am concerned that the important lessons from this event are going to be missed as the news media and politicians pounce on it to promote their “race” agendas.

As an African-American male who grew up and was educated in the South during the 1960s and faced the most overt racisim, and the father of three grown sons and one daugher raised and educated during the 1990s and 2000s, I am concerned about the attitude of entitlement that Michael Brown demonstrated, based on the videotape of his behavior in the store, from the very beginning of this event. Why hadn’t someone in his life – his parents, neighbors or church members – taught him better at the age of 18?

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January 23rd, 2015

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