Letters to the Editor

Pitts response

April 13, 2011


To the editor:

Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column of April 10, states that, “This nation took so much from the men and women it kidnapped.”

“This nation” did not kidnap anyone. The kidnapping was done by slave traders who operated like pirates. I would also like to remind Mr. Pitts that the kidnapping could not have taken place without the help of local tribal chiefs. These tribal chiefs aided and abetted these “slavers” to satisfy their own greed. That some of the American colonies were complicit in its dealings is truthful, but to infer that it was state sponsored is not.

American fought against American. Brother fought against brother. A bloody, horrific war was fought to end the atrocity of slavery. That was this nation’s penance and final legacy to slavery. If a bunch of Southern bigots want to parade around waving their stars and bars, proclaiming how they made the ultimate sacrifice against “northern aggression,” let them. We all know who and what they are. In my opinion, Mr. Pitts, you refuse to face the truth in the present day. Welfare enslaves our nation’s people of color and robs them of the will to achieve a better standard of living. It has destroyed the two-parent black family. Abortion slaughters the black youth of tomorrow at a rate exponential of other races. You can’t see the present because you are blinded by the past.


rtwngr 6 years, 9 months ago

Is it (insert name of computer manufacturer here)'s fault because you post an obtuse blog?

Kirk Larson 6 years, 9 months ago

Interesting letter. Especially considering that most welfare recipients are not black and receive assistance for less that two years. Hmmm,

Bill Getz 6 years, 9 months ago

I do not understand why commemoration of the Civil War's events should be the occasion for slavery denial on the one hand, nor of suppression of the South's nationalism on the other. The South seceded to preserve slavery, the North opposed them to preserve the Union - these are, like evolution and global warming, facts, established, in this case, by five generations of historians. Both sides fought bravely, both committed atrocities of war, both were involved in a dispute that took place 150 years ago, for Chrissake. We in Lawrence commemorate Quantrill's Raid, when drunken rednecks burned our town and murdered 150 people; we also celebrate John Brown, a religious fanatic terrorist by any reasonable definition., Let Charleston have its Secession Ball, but denounce the pop revisionists who say it had nothing to do with slavery., BG

mom_of_three 6 years, 9 months ago

John Brown - a religious fanatic terrorist - depends in what context (current or past), and who you read. I was thinking about this recently - people call him a religious fanatic because he killed 5 pro-slavers ( who were (depending on the reading) threatening his family.) Slave owners killed their slaves by various means constantly (by bad diet, lack of food, 18 hour days, or punishment). but we label john brown because he was defending a cause he was passionately against. And during his time, Kansas and West of the Mississippi was a violent place. He was a little nuts (and unprepared) to think he could take Harper's Ferry and arm slaves, but I wouldn't call him a terrorist. That's a current term.
I don't pretend to think that murder is honorable and the Pottawatomie Massacre was unfortunate. But there are parts of John Brown that are honorable.

ferrislives 6 years, 9 months ago

It's funny how Mr. Burkhart quickly argues that "the nation" as a group had anything to do with kidnapping, while in the same letter, he puts the entire black population in America in a group of welfare-recipients. It's too bad that you ruined some valid points with your own stereotypes. Believe me, I know plenty of unmotivated white people who receive welfare, as do some of the LJWorld readers I suppose. You my friend are a hypocrite and possibly a bigot as well.

mom_of_three 6 years, 9 months ago

And actually slavery destroyed the two parent black family.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 9 months ago

...long before there was a such thing as Welfare!!

Olympics 6 years, 9 months ago

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Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 9 months ago

Speaking of bigots who want to "parade around" with their ridiculous symbolism and out-dated beliefs:

"Welfare enslaves our nation’s people of color and robs them of the will to achieve a better standard of living. It has destroyed the two-parent black family. Abortion slaughters the black youth of tomorrow at a rate exponential of other races."

Not much difference between this rant, which you would see proclaimed on signs and posters at your standard Tea Party march, and those who parade around with the stars and bars. They are both chained to ideology.

Olympics 6 years, 9 months ago

I offended the saltines. Lesson learned.

orbiter 6 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Love how these "I'm not racist" racists just can't help show their racism even when they try so hard not to come from a position of white superiority.

Scott, I know you probably mean well, and don't mean to be a condescending bigot, it's just what you are, apparently.

Maybe if you actually knew a person of color you would understand how ridiculous your letter is. But judging from your odd logic and patronizing rhetoric that seems like a big MAYBE.

jafs 6 years, 9 months ago

Racism is the belief that somebody of a certain race, simply by virtue of that, is inferior.

It doesn't refer to all discussions about race.

thusspokezarathustra 6 years, 9 months ago

Obviously Mr. Burkhart is unfamiliar with the Dred-Scott decision.

dsplawrence 6 years, 9 months ago

Considering that the slave trade was deeply woven into the U.S. economy (Contributing greatly to the country's economic power) and slavery was legal under U.S. law, it is very much evident that the kidnapping of other humans was "state-sponsored", as the writer of the letter to the editor put it. What more evidence do you need? I don't know which is sadder: That the writer of this letter is so willfully ignorant, or that someone has to explain to an adult old enough to read and understand a book does not know that slavery was a U.S. policy. Making the jump from slavery to welfare also makes no sense and is completely illogical.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 9 months ago

Ignorance is the absence of knowledge. Stupidity is the presence of knowledge, but the refusal to use it.

rtwngr 6 years, 9 months ago

Funny, I don't see where Mr. Burkhart said anything about all "people of color" being on welfare. There may be more whites on welfare than people of color but as a percentage of their race, far more people of color are on public assistance of some kind than whites. Statistically you can trace the destruction of the central black family to the welfare relief bill signed into law by LBJ. Lastly, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, started the organization with the specific intent of wiping the black man off of the face of the earth. Abortion kills more black babies than violent crimes of the inner city.

You certainly can't refute that indigenous African people sold their own kind to slavers. I guess that was the first "black on black" crimes, huh?

I don't see where Mr. Burkhart is so much a bigot. I think Mr. Burkhart thought that Mr. Pitts is a race baiter and white hater.

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