Liberal or conservative, truth is truth

The letter responding to my article concerning reparations stressed the “liberal” basis of the sources quoted. Two plus two is four no matter where you find the source of the answer. The writer took pains to point out the home of the Klu Klux Klan (as if that made any difference in the atrocities committed). For the record, as I stated in my letter, the home of the Klan on their website is: PO Box 2222, Harrison, AR 72601.

The subject of my article was “Reparations.” The writer avoided mentioning the subject at hand. Why avoid the issue? Why try to muddy the issue by innuendo? The answer seems clear to me. Shame.

I was not born or raised in the South, but I feel shame. As a white man growing up in Iowa and Illinois, I encountered few people of color. The northern segregation was almost as perverse as the South. We owned no slaves, but discrimination was everywhere from hiring, redlining and more.

I suggested we as a nation admit we owe people of color for the property and lives taken from them. Yes, it was 100 years ago. Right is still right. I suggested two ways the wrongs could be acknowledged and partially rectified. Other ideas are welcome. Dialogue is useful, excuses fail to offer suggestions.

I would like to hear the ideas as to why we as a nation don’t owe for the sins of our fathers. Property stolen from Japanese-Americans was compensate 50 years after the fact.

An additional fifty should not make any difference.

John W. Merrick


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