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Opinion: Look beyond race when discussing increase in Portland's shootings

PMG FILE PHOTO - Gun violence in Multnomah County is continuing to significantly outpace previous years.The Multnomah County District Attorney says that gun violence is increasing and is "disproportionately" affecting people of color. His statistics show this.

But he goes on to assert that the disproportionality is due to "systemic racism" without evidence. He wants us to believe that the color of a person's skin makes him or her into a violent shooter, ruling out the possibility that upbringing and social or cultural norms are not responsible.

"Disproportionate outcomes" is being used more and more to improperly imply "causality." In the case of shootings it could even be an excuse because "that is what gangs do."

Richard Leonetti lives in Southwest Portland.


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