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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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SLAVERY: Penance an illogical proposition

Re: “Where is this nation’s visible penance?” (letter, 11-14).

This letter posed a few questions about penance for our nations “original sin” of slavery. I would like to offer some answers.

One reason any collective reparation would be opposed by most Americans is the fact that such a large number of Americans today are descended from immigrants who arrived long after slavery was abolished. Additionally, many others are descended from those who fought to free slaves, and still many others are descended from those who, while they fought for the Confederacy, never owned any slaves either.

Yet another reason

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SLAVERY: Where is this nation’s visible penance?

I was moved by hearing that on the 75th anniversary Saturday of Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” thousands of Berliners turned out on their streets to polish brass cobblestones placed there to honor those killed in the Holocaust.

Ironically, the day before this anniversary, I’d taken in the new film, “12 Years a Slave.” Somehow the juxtaposition of these prompted me to ask why the United States has no “brass polishing” memorial to help us not forget slavery.

Why do we not today have armed police protecting African Americans from continued abuse as the Germans today stand in protection

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RELIGION: Bible cited in support of slavery

According to the March 7 editorial, “Rick Santorum and the wall of church-state separation”: “Liberal secularists who think religious convictions have no place in politics should remember the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and the abolitionists, whose passion for social equality was often rooted in a profound sense of divine justice.”

Leaving aside the extent to which abolitionists had a “passion for social equality” (Abraham Lincoln, for one, certainly did not), I would point out that we “liberal secularists” do indeed remember the role of religious people (most notably “Nonconformists” like the Quakers) in the abolition movement in

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MARRIAGE: Christians should oppose discrimination

I am a married, heterosexual Christian woman with three children. I am thrilled that Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the gay marriage bill.

It is unfortunate that some in the Christian community are using the Bible, a book that teaches “love God, love your neighbor as yourself” to continue to pursue discrimination. I am sure that similar views, and some of the same Bible texts, were used to justify making interracial marriage illegal a few decades ago.

The Bible has a lot of rules many Christians do not follow today. Leviticus 11 describes clean and unclean foods; how many Christians

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