Letter: Fight back against racism loose in America

Fight back against racism loose in U.S.

To the editor:

A sentiment attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

In his August 19 opinion page column on Rudy Giuliani, Letter From New York writer Leonard Quart revealed just how low Republicans will stoop when they invited Giuliani to spew forth the party's racist agenda, a role for which he the former New York City major is an especially well-qualified messenger.

This was clearly set forth in his assessment of President Obama: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America — he doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country." Recently he said, "Parents have to teach their children how to respect police officers [since] the real danger to them ... is other black kids who are going to kill them."

What is this but mean-spirited racist propaganda designed to promote and support our white supremacists and their vast Klan News (Fox News) audience? For example, the white supremacy organization Storm Front had about 30,000 members before Obama won his first term in office and 300,000 after he won.

Is this where we want to go? Are we going to let others force us to wade through the sewage of our national institutionalized racism? Our national shame?

No, we must fight for a more just America, and take advantage of this breach in our immense racist reservoir that puts the issue in our faces every day and thereby demands our active participation as citizens of this country to fight against it. Sure, ending deeply held racism is akin to curing terminal brain cancer, but even so we see fissures in people who never before questioned their inherent racism, like a gentleman who called into an all-black forum on race and asked how he could end his racism "to become a better citizen." An incredible, moving statement — imagine if this sentiment spread throughout the nation.

We can be a moral people, and we can shed the daunting hypocrisy that causes young people to lose their way and often their freedom, and their lives. We must not be passive, we must be better informed, and we must above all speak up, speak out, and demand justice for all.

The real problem of race is "whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their own Constitution." — Frederick Douglass, circa 1895.

Richard Mason, South Lee


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