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Letter: Federal rights

September 19, 2013

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To the editor:

It is fitting and proper that the movie “The Butler” be shown on the 50th anniversary of that historic speech delivered so eloquently by Martin Luther King. Although parts of the movie are fictionalized, the sections having to do with the struggle for civil rights are real and heart-wrenching. The white mobs who threatened and humiliated those wishing to obtain some justice in this “Christian” nation are also real. 

As I watched the shameful actions of state and law enforcement officials, it brought to mind the words of conservative mouthpieces Newt Gingrich, Bill O’Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh. Why do blacks in this country identify with big government, they ask? It must be because they get a lot of “free stuff.” 

You are wrong again, gentlemen. Blacks identify with big government because that entity was the only one to stand up to state-sanctioned white mob rule. Thankfully, our presidents had more compassion than did the white masses.

If I was a member of a minority in this country, would I trust state government to protect me from discrimination? Absolutely not! Just look at the shenanigans being perpetrated in our own state to disenfranchise voters.  If it wasn’t for federal laws, some of us would have no rights at all. 

Comments

Phoghorn 1 year, 3 months ago

I understand Roosevelt (D) showed a lot of compassion towards Japanese Americans...

Eisenhower (R) mostly wanted to punt the issue to the next president.

I understand LBJ (D) mainly wanted to pass the Civil Rights Act so "the n-gg-rs would be voting Democratic for a generation". His words, not mine. I hate that awful word.

Not one politician was effective in Katrina. Not the Mayor (D), not the Governor (D), not President Bush (R).

President Obama (D) has lived the African-American experience about as much as I have (in other words, not much), and poverty is even more rampant in the African-American community since he took office.

Are we seeing a patter of balls getting dropped here (D and R alike)?

Seriously, can you name ANY POTUS, regardless of political affiliation, who actually cared about minorities? Anyone...crickets...anyone... Maybe President Lincoln.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

" If it wasn’t for federal laws, some of us would have no rights at all. " Yep.

windjammer 1 year, 3 months ago

Where do you get the information African-American poverty is more rampant sice President Obama took office? Also if you hate that awful word so much why do you use it?

Centerville 1 year, 3 months ago

Black teenage unemployment is now >40%, Good job, Zip.

windjammer 1 year, 3 months ago

Now Mr Obama is supposed to get all the teens jobs. Get real loser.

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