Some misguided youth in the District are throwing rocks at Metro buses. Instead of chastising the vandals, Courtland Milloy [“Don’t pin the rock problems on the kids,” Metro, Dec. 5] implored us not to blame the poor kids hurling projectiles. Either he or people he quoted in his column blamed the vandalism on empty buildings, gentrification and cops hanging out at the pancake house.
It seems that every time a Starbucks opens in a poor section of the city, the kids get so angry that they pelt buses with rocks. Mr. Milloy even blamed the bus drivers who apparently speed up in areas where they are apt to be assaulted.
Amazingly, nowhere in his column did Mr. Milloy say that throwing rocks at buses full of innocent people is bad.
David Brunori, Vienna
Just when I thought Courtland Milloy had returned to his senses, he did it again, this time by saying it’s okay to throw rocks at Metro buses to justify social injustices. Mr. Milloy, in describing the living conditions in and around the D.C. areas where rocks have been thrown, said that “neighborhood destruction” resulting from urban renewal is causing family relationships to suffer and “social support systems [to] fall apart.” He opined that, as a consequence, kids throw rocks at buses.
I find this rationale disturbing. Does Mr. Milloy believe that it is okay to resort to violence if life is not going your way? I recall someone who spoke eloquently and passionately of racial inequality and social injustices and on the best way to correct them. “It will be accomplished by persons who have the courage to put an end to suffering by willingly suffering themselves rather than inflict suffering on others,”said the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on May 4, 1966.
Mr. Milloy would do well to champion the Rev. King’s successful strategies rather than foment violence as a cure for social ills.
William T. Coleman, Alexandria