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Judge's Sentence Draws Fire

November 25, 1991

Killing Latasha Harlins and getting a sentence of five years' probation is poking a stick to a healing wound in the hearts of the black community. And as though that is not enough, the judge reminds us that it is time for healing the tension between blacks and Koreans. Time for healing? This is very ironic to say the least.

The judge stopped short of blaming Latasha by describing Soon Ja Du's action as understandable: Yes, understandable to shoot Latasha in the back while walking away! How dare we talk of a mighty America while our legal system belittles the black community this much?

From the days of slavery, to the emancipation from slavery, to the promise of 40 acres and a mule, to institutionalized racism, from those days until now, we have waited and hoped for healing. But we see not even a gesture in sight. With this background of such travesties of justice, the revolution that will take place in America will make the French Revolution look like a Sunday School picnic.

PETER KING, Van Nuys

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