The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

November 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor 11/18/12

(Continued)

Sincerely,

Capt. F.E. “Jack” Morgan (retired)

Athens

Tea party

is not racist

Dear Editor:


An article (editorial) from The Anniston Star printed verbatim by the Athens News Courier last Sunday implied that since the election of Barack Obama four years ago, racism has increased. It also perpetuates the myth of racism by the tea party by inserting a juicy tidbit about some supposed rally where someone was — again supposedly — wearing a T-shirt with a racist message (Put a white back into the White House).

I have attended tea party meetings and rallies all over and have never seen or heard anyone voice or exhibit any such garbage. We participants in this movement come in all ages, colors, races and all are welcome. I am tired of responding to and having to refute media and letters to the editor perpetuating this unfounded and untrue allegation of racism.

Let me restate the tenets of the tea party — fiscally sound government, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Now that’s racist.

The article goes further, parsing the difference between the amount of racism in the Democrat Party and the Republican Party. But wait, there’s more. The writer also automatically assumes that racism is only and always from whites against blacks, never the opposite. This assumption is insulting to anyone of average intelligence.

Let’s be clear — racism is and always has been with us. It is primarily a defensive reaction (that which is different is dangerous) and a survival tool (there is strength in commonality), but with education and awareness, this country made great strides toward coming together. Unfortunately, there are some who use the racism issue to further their personal careers and others who use it for political gain in some form or fashion. Scurrilous articles such as this are unraveling the advances we have made.

The powers-that-be (including some in the print media and the airwaves) have discovered that by keeping the masses sufficiently entertained or distracted by secondary items, the truly important issues can be swept under the rug. And it works, as evidenced by the results of this election.

It’s unconscionable and unfortunate, but sadly, it is what it is. I would hope The News Courier would address issues that have true relevance to our needs here in Limestone County and not just parrot the prevailing vacuous articles of the day.

Why not give a hand up to Dr. King’s dream instead of a stick in the spokes?

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