Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: racism

Oct.
28th

RACE: Concept of race isn’t valid

I’ve heard enough about “race.” Race is a political tool, not a biological fact.

In Ferguson, Missouri, the court of political correctness convicts officer Darren Wilson of first-degree murder without a trial, because he is white. In Seattle, quarterback Russell Wilson is accused of “not being black enough,” because he is a success. Even the Ebola virus can’t avoid racial politics.

The right uses race to invalidate people of color, while the left discredits Caucasians with the doctrine of “white privilege.”

Yet on a molecular level, where life actually lives, race does not exist. Ask any biologist. We are one species. The

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Aug.
25th

RACE: Recognize racism is part of American fabric

A recent letter writer (TNT, Aug 19) claimed that “institutionalized racism is no longer present in America.” Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.

Institutionalized racism has been part of the American fabric for 400 years. Despite the visible progress resulting from the civil rights movement, power and privilege in the U.S. remain firmly and disproportionately in white hands.

White power and privilege is so ingrained throughout our society that most white folks are blind to it. I was certainly blind to institutionalized racism, and it has taken study, listening and above all candid conversations with African-American, Native

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April
29th

OBAMA: It isn’t racist to oppose president

Re: “Will future presidents be as disrespected as this one?” (letter, 4-28).

Overusing the word “racist” or “racism” pertaining to those who oppose President Obama is being done to inflict a negative connotation of guilt on the American people. It is the policies of this president and his administration, not the color of his skin, that the American people take issue with.

Why would the American people elect an African-American president for two terms if this country is so racist? Past presidents have been and future presidents will be disrespected no matter what color or gender they are because,

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April
21st

OBAMA: Will future presidents be so disrespected?

Re: “If this isn’t racist treatment, then what exactly would be?” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-20).

If racism isn’t the culprit behind the disrespectful treatment of President Barack Obama, then shall we expect all future presidents to be treated just as disrespectfully should one chooses to do so?

That would be too bad, because to continue the ugly rhetoric toward future presidents would continue to encourage our allies and our enemies, as well as U.S. citizens to disrespect the highest office of the most powerful nation in the world.

What a travesty; what a tragedy. One would think that

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Feb.
18th

RACE: Olympics op-ed reflects anti-white racism

Re: “In protest of ‘Fabulous Display of Worldy Whiteness’”(TNT, 2-18).

This was a blatantly racist piece of journalism. Stephen A Crockett Jr. decries the lily whiteness of the Winter Olympics and vows not to watch. He paints a caricature of the athletes as spoiled white kids on vacation.

Crockett seems bitter about his own poor upbringing and appears to carry a chip on his shoulder about his youthful poverty and lack of opportunities enjoyed by the rich white kids.

Does Crockett think that only black folk can grow up poor? I am from a white family, and my parents worked

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July
24th

VERDICT: Disgraceful for judge to show his bias

My wife shared an article via social media that questioned the biased coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. She was immediately called out as a racist by a minority friend of ours.

The politically correct have no tolerance for opposing views. I would bet that is why The News Tribune didn’t see people celebrating the Zimmerman verdict. To support the outcome of the trial is equal to racism in the eyes of many in our community.

The TNT ran a prominent photo Sunday of Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson wearing a “hoodie” in support of Trayvon Martin. I

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July
17th

VERDICT: Problem is guns, not racism

The rhetoric of racism surrounding the George Zimmerman trial has only profited the National Rifle Association and the firearms industry, who love to see our attention deflected from guns to race.

According to Justice Department statistics, 93 percent of violent crimes against African Americans are committed by other African Americans, not white people. We have a pandemic of violence in our cities, fueled by the arms industry.

Guns don’t discriminate between different colors. They just kill people. Let blacks, whites and Hispanics stop whining about racism and join as one family to get get guns off our streets.

July
15th

VERDICT: Media fan flames of hatred

Re: “Tears, anger nationwide after verdict in Florida” (TNT, 7-15).

Is there a reason that The News Tribune continues to foster and encourage a bias towards racial inequality? As a Christian man and someone of Native American heritage, I have experienced my share of racial tension.

Today’s world is so much different from what I experienced as a child in the South. To my joy, I see many mixed-race couples enjoying the freedoms that were fought for in past generations. Unfortunately, the views issuing forth from today’s media seem to be fanning the flames of hatred.

Both men made

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