Letter: Helping Trump connect the dots between racism and murder

Letter: Helping Trump connect the dots between racism and murder

The Westerly Sun

Questions for you Mr. President: In 2015 you insisted John McCain was not a war hero and demeaned him: “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Recently you’ve repeatedly defended the courageously brave neo-Nazi white supremacists calling them “fine people” as they violently demonstrated in Charlottesville against the removal of a Robert E. Lee monument, the general who fought to prolong slavery but lost the war. Lee’s a hero despite losing the war, while McCain’s a zero for getting captured?

And how do these spirited veterans compare against the less courageous and less brave who avoid military service claiming bone spurs? That would be none other than you.

While you can sympathize with white supremacists admiring KKK leader David Duke and “alt-right” mouthpiece Steve Bannon as a private citizen in your own private house, bringing these racist dividers into the very public White House is an unacceptable abuse of the public trust, which surprisingly seems to escape you.

In the Westerly Sun Sunday, Aug. 20, column, ‘Robert E. Lee would favor the mothballing of these monuments’ Rich Lowry quotes the wise Robert E. Lee declining an 1869 invitation commemorating the dedication of a Gettysburg memorial: “I think it wiser not to keep open the sores of war… commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” yet almost four score and seven years ago times two, you insist on staining the office of the U.S. Presidency by objecting to dismantling the public honor of those fighting to secede from this great country laying their lives on the line to prolong slavery and government sanctioned ownership of one human being over another.

Fine for private museums, clubs or ownership where people can use their private dollars to view these “beautiful statues,” but Earth to Trump: It’s cruel and unusual punishment for hard working African-Americans to have their tax dollars used to publicly/inescapably honor those who fought to enslave their ancestors and would have enslaved them if the Confederacy had won.

Dylan Roof in South Carolina and now James Fields in Charlottesville are the types who draw strength from the Confederacy, murdering innocent civilians living in peace. Is this the legacy you’re trying to extend? Surely even you can connect these bullet-sized dots.

Jay Lustgarten



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