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Disguising racism

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Mr. John Mayerhofer of Huntley seems to be upset that black people have a political voice.

That was the point of his letter to the editor (“Race Relations,” Aug. 21), was it not? He was upset that President Obama doesn’t lead, upset that black politicians and religious leaders didn’t like the Zimmerman verdict, and then upset that white people can’t walk safely through the black neighborhoods that black people can’t even walk freely through.

He’s right, in a way, that there is a problem with race relations in America, and it is Obama’s fault. Obama is a black, liberal president. It’s unfortunate those two facts have opened up the closet door and now racists are walking proud once more.

It seems because Obama is black, racism is now disguised as a political point of view.  Whatever it is, it is still racist. If you disagree with Obama and liberals, you disagree with Obama and liberals. That’s political. If you disagree with Obama and suggest that all black communities are violent toward whites, that’s racist.

You are not voicing a political opinion when you imply that all black people are violent, including black political activists. That is not a political opinion. That is a racist talking point thinly disguised as politics.

Sam Urbaniak


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