Letter to the editor: Quick to label

To the editor:

Seventy years ago in the 1950s Sen. Joe McCarthy branded many innocent people as “communists,” seeking to capitalize upon the current fear of the time. He “saw” a communist under every bed. Many innocent people were hurt by McCarthy’s often unfounded accusations. Some people lost everything and never recovered.

Today it doesn’t take a U.S. senator to make unfounded accusations about racism. All it takes is one person throwing the label around and it is accepted as fact. The recent letter to the editor is an example of attempting to “find a racist under every bed.” No doubt there are some, but we should be careful about throwing labels around indiscriminately, because some story you think is more important was “relegated” to the sports page. It fit on the sports page because it was about sports. The De Sousa story fit on the front page because it was about the resolution of a possible criminal charge.

Some folks also want reparations for slavery. I suggest that reparations were paid in full by all the blood of the white soldiers who lost their lives to end slavery during the Civil War, including some of my own ancestors.

The rain falls on both the good and the bad. Just be sure not to harm friends while going after bad guys

John McQuitty,

Lawrence

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