We must bring end to systemic racism
When people ask, “Is America a racist country?” I believe that they are asking the wrong question.
The more important question is, “How do we combat systemic racism in America?” Racism in policing has recently received a great deal of attention, however, the problem is much more extensive as noted below.
Systemic racism places people of color in a vicious cycle of economic, educational, and health disadvantage.
Compared to Whites, people of color generally are paid lower wages and accumulate less wealth.
As a result, racist redlining forces people of color to live in poorer neighborhoods with inadequately funded schools. This situation leads to inferior education and fewer high paying job opportunities.
In addition, poor neighborhoods have limited health care facilities which results in poorer health outcomes and shorter life expectancies for people of color.
The incidence of violent crimes is higher in poor neighborhoods, which also impacts health and longevity.
Combating systemic racism requires laws and policies which bring equity to the playing field.
We must elect officials who are willing to fight racist practices and racist legislation.
For example, racist legislation makes it more difficult for people of color to vote and thus support their candidates.
Substantial financial investments will be required to improve these economic, educational and health disparities.
The Democratic Party will have to lead this effort, since the Republican Party often abets racist policies.
We have an opportunity to correct a long-standing and egregious failure of our society. We should not “throw away our shot.”
Republicans all in on Trump’s Big Lie
In his June 15 letter (“Dems, media just keep bashing Trump”) to the Daily Gazette, Bill Denison prattles on about the media bashing Trump, and then goes on to claim that the Democrats are bashing Sen. Joe Manchin “because he won’t toe the line for their ridiculous efforts to undermine the political systems.”
Apparently, Mr. Denison doesn’t consider former president Donald Trump’s various attempts to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election as undermining the political systems, which is not surprising because the Republican mob — has gone all in on Donnie’s ludicrous claim — aka his big lie — that he really won the election.
Strock’s attack on Israel is shameful
I am writing in response to Carl Strock’s June 6 letter (“Claims against Israel are based in history.”)
Carl Strock’s accusation that Israel came close to participating in ethnic cleansing is not true.
In 1947, the UN General Assembly proposed a two-state solution which was accepted by the Jewish community and rejected by the Arab communities.
In 1948, the surrounding Arab States invaded Israel in an attempt to eliminate the Jewish population.
Between 1948 and 1958, the surrounding Arab States forcibly expelled nearly one million Jews.
That is ethnic cleansing.
Carl Strock also confuses ethnic cleansing with a landlord/tenant dispute that is still in the Israeli courts.
No Arabs have been expelled from those properties to “make way for a band of Jewish zealots from New York,” as he offensively labels them.
I also find it offensive for Carl Strock to use the Holocaust to collectively shame the Jewish people. That is antisemitism.
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