If you think that firing Gates will solve the problems of police brutality, then you are confusing the symptom with the disease. Brutality, whether global, regional, national or local, is a form of denial.
Once in awhile events pierce that veil of denial and the system rushes to cover the tear with a body: Iran-Contra's Oliver North, the Drug War's Manuel Noriega, the S&Ls;' Charles Keating and Operation Desert Slaughter's own Stormin' Norman.
Was the brutalization of King any different than the systematic annihilation of Iraq? And to cover this fact up for school-age children, who are taught to use words and not fists, don't we, as teachers, have to encourage them to deny the obvious?
ANTHONY R. FULLER, Placentia