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To the editor:
A few days ago I had the misfortune of overhearing two middle aged men using extremely racist comments to describe an African-American professional athlete. This is a mind-set built on inherited stereotypes and misinformation, regardless of the geographical location. Martin Luther King once said, “Ever since the birth of our nation while America has had a schizophrenic personality on the question of race.”
America’s contradictions when it comes to racism/slavery are staggering to say the least. Starting with our first President, George Washington who owned 20-30 slaves (although did leave in his last will/testament, that after the death of him and his wife the slaves were to be set free) yet left England because of oppression! Thomas Jefferson was said to have owned around 120 slaves as well. Some critics may try and argue that it was common to own slaves, yet our second President John Adams wanted nothing to do with slavery. President Woodrow Wilson, a highly educated man, had a highly racist film (Dixon’s, Birth of a Nation) screened at the White House in 1915.
Unfortunately, African-Americans are still being targeted in our culture’s media today. President Obama was caricatured as a monkey several times and his wife Michelle was described as “an ape in heels” by the Mayor of a West Virginia city. Bigotry is not acceptable anywhere, or from anyone! We must try to see Christ in everyone we meet, regardless of color. I see it every time I drive around town and see a nativity set with Mary, Jesus, and Joseph portrayed as Caucasians. This is a fallacy, a figment of the white man’s imagination, as there was not a white man to be found in that region 2,000 years ago! Education and action are the keys. God Bless us all.
In Christ the Rebel
Adam B. Freeman