Letters to the Editor

Linda Fisher: Maybe not enough

As a white, 72-year-old grandmother with a mixed-race, 17-year-old grandson, the Sept. 30 Parents Talk Back column “ ‘I hope I said enough to save his life’ ” caught my interest.

Recently, while driving him home from soccer practice, I was stopped for speeding. Trying to set a good example I decided to select my words carefully, keep my excuse to myself and speak in a respectful manner. The officer politely asked for my license and went to his patrol car to check out me and my car. When he returned, I was shocked to hear that he was giving me a warning to control my speed in the future.

On our way again, I explained that I was very lucky but that, had it been him, he definitely would have gotten a ticket. He quickly said, “I know.” And here is where I might not have told him enough to save his life. Without mentioning race, I said the police always come down hard on young male drivers because that’s the group causing the most accidents.

I hope he learned how to deal with the police that evening, but after reading what black mothers say to their sons I’m not so sure it was enough.

Linda Fisher

Raleigh

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