Letters to the Editor, Aug. 31
Prejudice is a part of American life
To the Editor:
I never thought of Civil War statues as idols lingering for the South to rise again. These statues are works of art. I have never paid much attention to them, but I believe that they should be on display in a museum where they will be safe from vandals.
The African slaves were captured by other African tribes who captured them to take them to the coast to sell to slave traders. (Everyone knows that slavery is wrong?)
While young boys worked for virtually nothing in the factories in the northern states, the African slaves were freed; but what would their life be like after they were freed? Many became sharecroppers for the new owners of the land, ‘carpet baggers,’ who came south to exploit the former plantations. Freedom does not provide a home nor does it provide food. The former slaves were faced with another monster: discrimination that would last for 150 years and even until now.
Prejudice has always confronted immigrants who came to America. Some people might think that America can once become a nation of European immigrants (English, Irish, German, French, Italians and others) who founded the United States of America. Those who think this is possible are not facing reality.
Some kind of injustice confronts most Americans. Violence has its place. However, violence cannot solve these issues.
Edward David Collins
Leave our monuments alone
To the Editor:
Does it offend you? Did they ask you or me? No, they did not. Politicians who want votes and power do not even support property of the people. The monuments were put up by money raised from thousands of people in the early 1900s, and were to represent the tens of thousands that died. These represented many American families.
Yet, destruction of property is not addressed. Payment to the organizations that put them up is ignored. The law is completely ignored. This is certainly not any form of democratic action. It is MOB rule in the dark of night. Interesting, that these MOBs dare to talk about any other MOBs and their actions!
People of merit would face all of the people, and would want history preserved for their country. MOB rule is not what this country is supposed to be about on any subject. I do not think decent Americans support MOB rule. Yet, where are those with courage to pay for damages to property destroyed that was not theirs? The history that belongs to generations of Americans, still belongs to all Americans.
Who cares about America really? It is not the MOBs destroying our country. It is not those being silent, such as the Clintons, the Bushes, and other supposed-to-be leaders of America. Defending the Constitutional rights of us all takes courage. Where are the Brave and Free with courage for us all? Where are they?
Destruction of property is a crime. The law is clear on this. Yet in 2017, the MOB rule in the dark of night gets no punishment. Oh my, what double standards. The American dream of tolerance for all of us is gone. Only biased and prejudiced actions seem to be rewarded. I shall not be a member of the MOB rule mentality. Not now, not ever. I am proud to be a Tennessean that respects the past in reality and the present in reality. They say, “Ignorance can be fixed, but stupid is forever.” Respect for others is supported by the Bible and the United States Constitution. MOBs consider nothing sacred, nor are they open minded. I wonder if ignorance in 2017 can be fixed?
Elizabeth Fay Sain,
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