Monday’s TNT was weirdly interesting. A picture of smiling Japanese-Americans being shipped off to a prison camp because they weren’t Caucasian, an op-ed piece deploring racism in Arizona and a letter criticizing Tacoma for opposing bigotry, all coming after Sunday’s editorial in support of racism in Arizona.
Unlike their critics, my good friends Ryan Mello and Lauren Walker care about the kind of country we live and are willing to take a stand against bigotry and racism. I don’t know any of those critics and yet they are all familiar. I remember that they were silent about Jim Crow laws in other parts of the country; they contributed to the Holocaust and a terrible war by insisting Europe was none of our business; they stood silently by when loyal Americans were imprisoned in 1942; they opposed the overturning of miscegenation laws in the 1960s; they opposed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.
If it were not for those who cared enough to fight the majority we would still be living in a country where discrimination was the order of the day. The country has never benefited except when “liberals” have stood up and fought for change.
The Tacoma City Council members work long, hard hours on our behalf and get small thanks for all they do. They deserve respect even from those who disagree. To all of the critics who don’t live in Tacoma, I suggest you take your own advice about Arizona – mind your own business.