November 23, 2012

Regarding Imani Perry’s commentary on racial equality [“Step up, Mr. President,” Outlook, Nov. 11]:

Among Ms. Perry’s suggestions to increase the employment of African Americans is a proposal to ban employers from determining whether an applicant is a convicted felon.

But felony convictions have consequences. Employers have liability; unknowingly hiring a convict could place the employer in a precarious situation, should the employee commit another crime.

Would we want felons working in the police department, as teachers of our children, as airplane pilots, etc.?

In an era of 8 percent unemployment, those of us who have not committed felonies deserve a leg up on those who have.

James J. Bailey, Bowie