Letters to the editor for Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1
Letters to the editor for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 2

Racism widespread in USA

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina rightfully stated that the USA is not a racist country, but his implicit implication of no widespread racism in this country is, at best, disingenuous.

An armed white man kills, flees the scene, and is later arrested by police without any personal harm to the arrestee (Dylann Roof, Kyle Rittenhouse); whereas an unarmed black man with minor crime is arrested and killed on the spot (Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile); that is clearly black racism.

Unfortunately such incidents are not rare. In 2015, the Washington Post documented 990 fatal shootings by police. Several researchers, based on a thorough statistical analysis, conclude “Blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to have been unarmed when they were shot and killed by police.”

FBI crime report shows that, in 2019 alone, there have been 2,314 anti-Black hate crimes; a daily average of more than six anti-Black hate crimes.

Numerous studies document discrimination in education, housing, finance, jobs, among others. Professor Coleman (2003) found that having the same employer-evaluated performance rating, Black male earns 17 percent less than white male.

Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Byron Donalds, both Black, cite their election victory by overwhelming white majority constituents as evidence for no widespread racism in this country. It may give some credence to the saying, “Loyal dogs are treated royally, and stray dogs are shot on sight.”

Mukhtar Ali, Marco Island

America tries to do what’s right

I know I’ve bashed America mercilessly in some of my letters recently and l hope I’m wrong about forecasting its demise, but then again I may be right.

I have however thought more than once that if there’s any country in this world that can bring about an acceptable degree of harmony between the human races it is the United States of America. This is because of its undeniable uniqueness as a nation and the fact that it at least always tries to do what it thinks is right.

Kenneth Carson, Naples

Hostile takeover of the USA

On Nov. 3, 2020 approximately 75 million Republican people and friends voted to keep Donald Trump in the White House for four more years. But approximately 80 million American people voted to kick him out, preferring Joseph Biden.

The reaction by the Republican people has been radical, drastic and desperate, and demands that such a distinction be made in order to truly understand the depth of our current political nightmare. It’s not just about Trump; it’s not just about Republican members of Congress who have no allegiance to their oath of office; and it’s not just about a few disturbed Republicans like Gaetz and Greene who managed to sneak out of one of Trump’s rabbit holes. It’s about ALL of the Republican people… yes, our family members, friends and neighbors who support the Big Lie, deny the insurrection, and who have vowed to do whatever may be required to take back the White House.

As we celebrate this Memorial Day to honor those who have given up their tomorrows so that we are free today, consider the irony of the fact that our fallen have preserved the right of the Republican people to pursue what would amount to a corporation-like hostile takeover of the United States of America. Suppress the right to vote; change who has the authority to ratify voter results; reclassify voting districts; and basically use the authority of a “new and improved” federal government to change whatever is needed to strengthen the new America under Donald Trump.

On Memorial Day, observe all the Republican elected officials attending observances with patriotic reverence while knowing that their idolized leader has no respect for our Constitution. Listen to the taps, they may sound a little different this year.

Anthony Penge, North Fort Myers

No Critical Race Theory in schools

If you take a 10-year-old child and teach him that the country he lives in is racist, a slave-trade hell hole, how do you think that kid is going to view himself and his country?

This is what Critical Race Theory does. It brainwashes people into thinking they are in need of redemption simply for honoring their country and their society,

I think every public teacher should make a pledge to support the Constitution. If a child is being entrusted to another adult, I want to make sure that adult shares the same values as do I.


We simply cannot have our schools being used to teach our children to hate our society and to be confused with new ideas about race, sexuality and so-called gender sensitivity that have been introduced to the curriculum because of a minority progressive viewpoint that mostly does NOT reflect the general community.

Jim Watkins, Cape Coral

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