In reference to "Seeing black and seeing red: Prism of race ruled" (Opinion, Wil Haygood, July 24): I can understand the uneasiness of blacks who feel they are victims of police abuse because of their race.
But I ask myself: "What is racial profiling?" When a police officer responds to a report of a man forcibly entering a house in the early-morning hours, is this racial profiling only when a black man is involved?
In February 1995, while taking my mother from Ohio to Georgia after my sister’s death, I was driving slowly through my mother’s neighborhood at 2:30 a.m. I was stopped by a police officer, who asked me for identification and [an explanation as to] what I was doing in the area at that time of night or early morning. I gave him my ID and explained that I was taking my mother home from my sister’s funeral in Ohio. He told me that he stopped me because I was driving slowly through the neighborhood. I explained that I did not know the location of my mother’s house and that my 68-year-old mother was confused by the darkness and was unsure.
He told me to be careful and sent me on my way.
Claude HunterYongsan Garrison, South Korea