Letters to the Editor

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Tag: civil rights


LIBERALS: We don’t need to apologize for anything

Re: “Liberals: How about an apology for failures?” (letter, 5-6).

I hope there aren’t too many people who agree with the writer’s apparent disdain for liberals. History shows us that to be misguided thinking.

Those who choose to make the word “liberal” sound like a curse word seem to forget that it was liberals who founded this country. It was also liberals who ended slavery, brought women the vote and won workers’ rights (the eight-hour day, weekends off, health plans, pensions).

Liberals risked their lives to win civil rights. It was liberals who brought us Social Security and Medicare. Liberals

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PITTS: Columnist didn’t get the memo on race

Re: “’12 Years’ reminds us we must face history to surmount it” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 3-6).

Memo to Pitts:

• Slavery was abolished in this country by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865.

• The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 forbidding discrimination regarding an individual’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

• In the last few years, minorities, especially the LGBT community, have had significant gains in the passage of state laws as well as in the court of public opinion.

• Barack Obama could not have been elected president in 2008

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ZIMMERMAN: Racial profiling is larger problem

Re: “Mob willfully ignorant of the facts” (TNT, 7-22).

The crime George Zimmerman committed was worse than any state law. He violated our Constitution and a young American’s civil rights.

Zimmerman chose to participate in his neighborhood security and carry a gun. He chose get out of his car despite the direction of law enforcement to remain in his car. He chose to aggressively stalk a young teen wearing a hoodie knowing he was a minority as he described in his 911 call. He assumed Trayvon Martin was committing a crime based on his clothing and what he thought was

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