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Editorial

The Danger of the Opposite Extreme

The brutality of the murder of George Floyd, as indisputably seen in the video, has awakened the consciousness of millions of people, a large percentage of whom, for the first time, are white.

So strong is the feeling of co-responsibility, of guilt.

So great is society's demand for change: finally, it is time for change on an issue that began with the violent transport of slaves from Africa in 1619, and in one way or another continues to this day.

Politicians, under the weight of public outcry and in order to save their careers, are making a series of changes to the law regarding the role and behavior of the authorities, especially towards African Americans.

However, some are calling for changes that, if implemented, will create other, very serious problems.

As with many issues in politics, there is a risk that the pendulum will shift from one extreme position to another.

The point is to stop the pendulum somewhere in the middle. Only then will the permanence and beneficence of the changes be ensured.

A movement is being created to cut funding to the police. Some are calling for the abolition of the police altogether.

Minneapolis made such a decision. Something similar is being discussed in New York and elsewhere, and this trend is being reinforced by articles in the media.

Undoubtedly, if this were to happen, it would be irresponsible. It would be disastrous.

Is it possible to have a community without police?

That is, from now on, after the mass condemnation of this racist episode, will thefts, rapes, and murders stop? Or are they under the illusion that criminals will be transformed from one moment to the next into law-abiding citizens?"

Nevertheless, changes in the law must be made. No one can be above the law. Not even the police.

This is a great opportunity, perhaps the most important one ever, to correct many of the problems of racism in the United States, but without creating new ones.

I wish this issue could have escaped politics. Because it is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. It is about morality and fairness. It is a matter of human rights.

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